Zentyal Development Team is extremely glad to announce that the fundraising goal for the Zentyal Captive Portal has been reached and therefore, this module will be included in the next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 2.2), that will be released in September 2011. The fundraising goal was completed yesterday thanks to a donor that prefers to stay anonymous.

The Zentyal Captive Portal module will allow to enforce HTTP clients to authenticate on a special web page before allowing them access to the Internet. This is specially useful at Wi-Fi hotspots to control wired access (Internet cafés, hotels, etc.) This module will include the following features and the first beta version for testing is expected for the end of June:

  • Full integration with Zentyal Firewall, Users and Logs modules
  • Secure authentication via HTTPS or splash-only portal with URL redirection to a given page
  • Source (clients), destination (servers) and service (ports) exceptions
  • Secure client filtering using IP address, MAC address and session key automatically reloaded on a pop-up
  • Configurable client idle timeout and maximum connections per client
  • As to the other fundraising campaigns started for Zentyal 2.2 (Thin Clients (LTSP Integration), Periodic Tasks management (cron) and IPv6 support), unfortunately these campaigns didn’t reach their goals. However, the fundraising for these features continues and whenever a new goal is reached, the development will be accelerated to add the feature as soon as possible to Zentyal 2.3 (that will become the next stable Zentyal release, Zentyal 3.0, in 2012). So, if you are specially interested in one of these features, don’t hesitate to contribute and promote your favorite campaign!

    The Development Team of Zentyal, the Linux small business server previously know as eBox Platform, is glad to announce that the second Zentyal 2.1 beta installer (Zentyal 2.1-1) is now available for download. This version includes all the current development improvements for Zentyal 2.2 and the first beta of the new IPsec module.

    Zentyal 2.1 is a development version based on Ubuntu 10.04.2 and it will become Zentyal 2.2, next stable release, in September 2011. Until then, the Zentyal Development Team will frequently release new beta versions with new features and improvements that you can help testing. As to this version, the most relevant changes include:

  • New IPsec module
  • New Asterisk 1.8 integration
  • New module selection page on the installer
  • Allow to define IP ranges on objects
  • Reorganization of menu entries
  • Improved bug report system with automatic creation of tickets
  • Lots of bugfixing and minor improvements
  • The installer is available for 32 and 64 bit architectures and it is also possible to install the 2.1 packages on an existing Ubuntu Server 10.04 following the instructions of the Installation Guide. Users who already have a 2.1 installation, don’t need to use the installer, but only need to upgrade to the latest versions of all the available packages.

    Please remember that 2.1 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. However, all beta testing help is greatly appreciated as well as bug reports, feedback and ideas that can be given through the Zentyal Forum or Zentyal Trac.

    Zentyal Development Team will be in Budapest, Hungary, for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) held from the 9th until the 15th of May. To make most of the stay, Zentyal and Prolin (Authorized Zentyal Partner in Hungary) have organized a training event that will be held on Friday, 13th of May, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hotel Mercure Budapest Metropol (Rakoczi ut 58, H-1074, Budapest).

    The event is specially aimed at system administrators interested in migrating from Windows server environments to easy-to-use Linux server environment, based on Zentyal. During the event, the attendees are given a brief introduction to Zentyal server and two technical demostrations, one on migrating from Microsoft Exchange Server to Zentyal and the second one on building a secure network gateway with Zentyal.

    The event is free of charge, but registration is required to estimate number of attendees. You can register simply by sending an email to info@zentyal.com, indicating your name and your company name. Below you can find the detailed program.

    Zentyal Training Event Program (13th of May, Budapest, Hungary)
    17:30 – 18:00 Registration
    18:00 – 18:20 Zentyal, the Linux Small Business Server, Ignacio Correas, CEO at Zentyal
    18:20 – 19:00 Migrating from a Microsoft Exchange Server to Zentyal, Jorge Salamero, System Analyst at Zentyal
    19:00 – 19:40 Building a secure gateway with Zentyal, Krisztián Czakó, CEO at ProLin
    19:40 – 20:00 Open floor discussion

    Place: Hotel Mercure Budapest Metropol (Rakoczi ut 58, H-1074, Budapest). For registration or any additional inquiries, please contact us at info@zentyal.com.

    Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the development roadmap for the next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 2.2) has now been published. Zentyal 2.2 will be a major release that will run on the latest Ubuntu LTS version (Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx) and it will be released in September 2011. The first beta version (Zentyal 2.1) is already out and the first release candidates can be expected by the end of June.

    Zentyal 2.2 will ship new features such as IPsec support, UPS management, VM management, Ad-blocker, integration with Kaspersky and Google Accounts and Administrator audit logging. Furthermore, in Zentyal 2.2 the configuration backend has been rewritten with the use of the new features that Redis 2.0 provides, it will include a new i18n system and it will offer faster and easier installer. Important general usability improvements will also take place and new wizards will be added as well as unified shares. You can find the detailed roadmap at trac and give any feedback on the roadmap in the Forum.

    As Zentyal Development Team’s resources are limited, many features the community members and ourselves had hoped to include in this version had to be left out. However, we have decided to launch fundraising campaigns for four new features that Zentyal users have demanded and we have found interesting: Captive Portal, Thin Clients (LTSP Integration), Periodic tasks management (cron) and IPv6 support. If the campaigns succeed, more development resources will be assigned to include these new features in Zentyal 2.2! Are you interested in these features? Visit the Fundraising page for more information, how to contribute and spread the word!

    The vocational training program Zentyal Academy will be presented in the premises of Madrid on Rails (C/Lago Titicaca 10, Vicálvaro, 28032 Madrid) on April 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. After a brief introduction to Zentyal server and this training program, hands-on workshop will take place, allowing the attendees to take their first steps with Zentyal server. The event is organized in collaboration with Madrid on Rails (MoR) and the Association of Computer Science Teachers of Madrid (A.P.I. Madrid).

    Zentyal Academy is a training program, compatible with the European curriculum, that introduces Linux-based network management tools integrated in Zentyal server in the official vocational training curriculum. Zentyal server is an easy-to-use Linux server, specially designed for small and medium organizations that allows users to quickly achieve a high level of experience in server administration and secure network management, without using command-line interface.

    The event is specially aimed at computer science teachers of secondary and higher vocational education schools, interested in introducing open source network management tools in the training programs of their schools, or deploying easy-to-use Linux server in their facilities. During the presentation, the attendees are also given examples of the different uses schools are giving to Zentyal server and how autonomous communities such as Aragon, Catalonia and La Rioja are adapting the Zentyal Academy program.

    The event is free of charge, but registration is required to estimate the number of computers needed for the hands-on workshop. For more information and registration (please note that you must first join the MoR platform and then join the event), please visit this page.

    The Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce that the English version of the “Zentyal for Network Administrators” book is now available for pre-order with 15% discount. The discounted pre-order price will be available for two weeks and the shipping will start on the 31st of March. The book, that until now has been available only in Spanish, describes the most important technical features of Zentyal and helps the reader to learn to manage successfully small business IT infrastructures by means of theoretical introductions, practical examples, exercises and professional tips.

    “The Spanish version of the book has been extremely well received and valued as useful training material and professional reference manual” said Javi Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer at Zentyal. “Ever since we launched the first Spanish version, our customers and community members have asked for an English edition and thanks to the cooperation with Interlinux, our UK-based partner, we’re very happy to offer it starting from today!”

    Besides being a full guide to Linux-based network management with Zentyal, the book “Zentyal for Network Administrators” is written with the aim of preparing the reader for the ZeCA certification exam (Zentyal Certified Associate). This vendor-certified exam allows IT professionals to validate their knowledge in Linux small business server management with Zentyal. You can now download a .pdf sample of the book (chapter of the HTTP Proxy Service) from the Zentyal On-line Store.

    Support the International FOSS Community for Prince of Asturias Award 2011Zentyal has joined the campaign that supports the “International Free and Open Source Software Community” as a candidate for Prince of Asturias Award 2011 and challenges the Zentyal community to support the campaign. Prince of Asturias Awards are prestigious international prizes given to individuals, entities and/or organizations who make notable achievements in the fields of science, culture and humanities. Earlier laureates include World Health Organization, Al Gore, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

    “The International FOSS Community is a nominee in the International Collaboration category, that awards the work that has contributed to mutual understanding, progress and brotherhood among nations in an exemplary and significant way” said Ignacio Correas, CEO of Zentyal and member of the CENATIC Advising Board that proposed this nomination. “The International FOSS Community, with a disruptive new model of technology development based on the disinterested contributions by individuals from all over the world, has definitely helped closing the technology gap and fostering innovation from the world as a whole. We cannot figure out a better candidate for the award.”

    Anyone can support the nomination by filling a digital endorsement form at the campaign’s web page, downloading and sending an endorsement letter or downloading and adding a campaign seal or banner to their websites or blogs. In addition, your help in spreading the campaign’s message further or obtaining a maximum number of significant supporters of the sector would be greatly appreciated.

    The Development Team of Zentyal, the Linux small business server previously know as eBox Platform, is glad to announce the availability of the first packages and installer CD images for Zentyal 2.1! The new installer is now available for download at the Zentyal Beta Downloads page. Furthermore, the 2.1 packages can also be installed on an existing Ubuntu Server 10.04 following the instructions of the Installation Guide.

    Zentyal 2.1 is a development version based on Ubuntu 10.04.2 and it will become Zentyal 2.2, next stable release, in September 2011. Until then, the Zentyal Development Team will frequently release new beta versions with new features and improvements that you can help testing. As to this version, the most relevant changes include:

  • Cleaning/refactoring in code and packaging
  • New i18n system
  • Use of Redis 2.0 to improve performance in the configuration backend
  • Removed obsolete migrations to reduce installation time
  • Some minor usability improvements (much more coming soon!)
  • Zentyal rebranding on package names, URLs and filesystem
  • Includes new OpenVPN 2.1.4 for Windows installer
  • User corner is now a separated package (zentyal-usercorner)
  • You can also check the full changelog. The full roadmap for Zentyal 2.2 will be published shortly.

    Please remember that 2.1 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. Having said that, we would greatly appreciate your help in testing this version and giving us your feedback or reporting any issues through the Zentyal Forum or Zentyal Trac.

    Jorge Salamero, Zentyal systems analyst and developer, will give a talk at the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) that will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on the 5th and 6th of February 2011. FOSDEM is one of the largest open source software developers’ events organized in Europe and it aims at offering a meeting place for developers as well as to promote the awareness and use of free and open source software.

    During his talk, Salamero will explain the challenges the Zentyal Development Team has faced in developing a Linux small business server that integrates and makes over 30 independent open source components to act as one single unit. Special attention is given on how the project deals with packaging policies and security profiles, such as configuration file updates. Furthermore, Zentyal’s specific MVC-based development framework, integration with Ubuntu and integration plans with Debian will also be presented.

    “We’re glad to be able to share our experience at FOSDEM and talk with other open source developers that might be interested in the project” said Jorge Salamero, and continued “Zentyal is a fast-moving project, with large and active userbase and its development framework makes it easy to configure new services and to improve already existing modules – I believe it is an interesting project to participate in. Moreover, besides the updated Zentyal packages that will be included in Ubuntu Natty, packages for Debian Squeeze will be available shortly, making the participation possible for even more developers.”

    Additional note: Zentyal Team will be in Brussels from the 2nd until the 7th of February. If you are interested in arranging a meeting, please contact us via info at zentyal.com

    The Zentyal Team is glad to announce the availability of the Virtual Machine images for Zentyal 2.0! These disk images – that are available for VirtualBox, VMware and KVM – offer a quick and easy way to test Zentyal without actually having to install it. This option is especially useful for those new and previous Zentyal users who simply want to have a quick look to the latest Zentyal functionality.

    The VM images together with instructions and additional information are available at: http://trac.zentyal.org/wiki/Download/VMImages Please note that the VM images come with a reduced set of Zentyal modules. In reality Zentyal offers many more features that can be easily enabled in the “Software Management” section once the Virtual Machine is up and running.

    As always, any feedback or suggestion through the Forum would be much appreciated!