The development team of Zentyal, the Linux small business server previously know as eBox Platform, is glad to announce the availability of Zentyal 2.0-3 installer! This is a new compilation of all the latest Zentyal packages as well as the last system updates from Ubuntu.

Please note that this installer comes with a new Zentyal Cloud-based feature: you can see a new “Disaster Recovery” entry in the installer menu. This option allows users with a free Basic Server Subscription to automatically install the modules from a previously stored configuration backup and also to restore the configuration itself. Starting from January, full Disaster Recovery functionality will be available for those with Professional and Enterprise subscriptions.

Another mayor change in the installer is the switch from slim to LXDM as display manager – we have opted for this change to avoid crashes of the graphic environment on some systems.

Remember that if you already have Zentyal 2.0 installed, you can update to the latest version without having to reinstall. Simply go to “Zentyal Components” page in the “Software Management” section and download the new packages! Alternatively, you can download the new installer at http://www.zentyal.org/downloads

The whole Zentyal Team wishes you happy holidays with this new release! We will be at the office, so if you can spare some of your time to test the new features, it would definitely be the best gift you could ever make!

The Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce that the “Zentyal for Network Administrators” book was recently published and it is now available for purchase. The book, that is currently available 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.

“This book is being extremely well received both as a valuable training material and as a professional reference manual” said Javi Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer at Zentyal, and continued “We’re currently working on the English version, that has been already demanded by many customers and community members. We believe that the English edition will be available during the first quarter of 2011”.

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.

The presentation entitled “Zentyal – Linux Small Business Server” will take place on December 14th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the premises of Madrid on Rails (C/Lago Titicaca 10, Vicálvaro, 28032 Madrid). During the presentation, the attendees are given a brief introduction to Zentyal, its business model and success stories. Moreover, they are shown some of the Zentyal server functionalities, such as Zentyal Gateway and Zentyal Office Server.

On one hand, the presentation is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and organizations interested in deploying an easy-to-use and affordable Linux server. And on the other hand, the presentation is also directed to ICT service providers interested in becoming Authorized Zentyal Partners to offer support and services based on Zentyal.

During the technical demonstration the attendees will see how to configure Zentyal as a Gateway to give all the users of a network secure and controlled access to the Internet. Of all the Zentyal Gateway functionality, features such as firewall, content filtering and virtual private network (VPN) configuration will be highlighted.

Furthermore, the audience will see how to configure Zentyal as an Office Server, including network configuration, central management of users and groups in master / slave mode or synchronized with Windows Active Directory server, or Samba server for folder sharing, among other features.

The presentation is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information and to register (please note that you must first join the MoR platform and then join the event), see this page.

Happy Birthday, Zentyal!

November 30 2010

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Zentyal Team is glad to celebrate today the 5th anniversary of Zentyal, the Linux small business server! Zentyal was first launched in 2005, under the name of eBox Platform, and since then it has grown into a widely know and used, enterprise-level solution – Currently Zentyal gets about 30,000 monthly downloads, it has an active community of more than 4,000 members and it is estimated that there are about 50,000 active Zentyal server installations worldwide.

Since the very beginning, Zentyal has aimed at offering small and medium businesses easy, affordable and secure Linux-based network management. And during the past year, many important steps have been taken in order to accomplish this promise even better. In the area of business development, the launch of subscription based service offering via Zentyal Cloud, launch of the Zentyal Academy program and large number of new partnerships, among others, have marked important milestones. On the other hand, in the area of product development the release of Zentyal 2.0 – a mayor new release based on Ubuntu 10.04 and the first versions of Zentyal Desktop would be definite highlights.

It has been exciting year and we have been glad to see our efforts rewarded with fast growth in downloads, users, partners and customers – We believe the next year will be at least equally exciting and will take us closer to our goal of turning Zentyal into the server application of choice for small and medium businesses!

The Zentyal Development Team is happy to announce the availability of the official documentation for Zentyal 2.0, the Linux small business server. As usual, the updated documentation is available at http://doc.zentyal.org/, both in English and Spanish.

Please note that we are still working on updating the screenshots in the English version, but this should be done by the end of this week. If you find any issues (typos, mistakes, etc.) and want to contribute by reporting them, please let us know through the Forum.

Zentyal, the developer of a Linux small business server of the same name, published today the release policy that Zentyal servers will follow from the 2.0 release onwards. This release policy defines, for the first time, frequency and timetable as well as the official support policy of the stable releases.

“Until now, we have followed a six-month release cycle, adding many new features with every version, with the goal of completing the functionality of the Zentyal server” said José Antonio Calvo, Zentyal Product Manager. “Although we will continue developing and adding new features to Zentyal, we believe that it is time to shift our focus from adding many new features towards stability and long-term support. With the freshly published release policy, that grants three years of support for every stable release, we make an important promise to our users and customers regarding the quality and stability of the product.”

As the release policy specifies, from now on there will be one stable release every year. The development will be frozen in June and after a three months stabilization period, the stable releases will be published in September. Regarding the support policy, the Development Team of Zentyal guarantees three years of support to every stable release. This means that all security issues will be solved and commercial support and subscription services will be available for this period of time.

The Zentyal Development Team announced today the release of Zentyal 2.0, the Linux small business server formerly known as eBox Platform. Zentyal aims at providing SMBs easy and affordable network management and reducing their network infrastructure costs by more than 50%.

Zentyal 2.0 is based on the new Ubuntu 10.4 LTS distribution and this has implied a major change in all the server components. For this reason, Zentyal 2.0 is a new major release. With this change, the users are ensured higher levels of security, functionality and hardware compatibility.

Besides updating the Zentyal base, this version features significant usability, performance and stability improvements. Additionally, it also includes new features. With the goal of providing a Linux server that can be fully configured through a simple graphical interface, software management improvements have taken place and automatic configuration wizards have been introduced.

Moreover, the configuration backed of Zentyal has been changed from gconf to redis and this has improved notably the server speed. Thanks to this and other visual enhancements, the general user experience has been greatly improved.

Additionally, Zentyal 2.0 also includes new features such as bridge mode that simplifies the deployment of existing networks or FTP module demanded by many Zentyal community members. Finally, this version also features a new Zarafa module that provides a groupware solution for sharing calendars, contacts and tasks.

Additional information
Zentyal 2.0 is available for download at:
http://www.zentyal.org/download/latest
The official Zentyal 2.0 release announcement is available at:
http://trac.zentyal.org/wiki/Document/Announcement/2.0/
This announcement is also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian.

Zentyal 2.0-rc2 released!

August 27 2010

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The development team of Zentyal, the Linux small business server previously know as eBox Platform, is glad to announce the availability of the second release candidate of Zentyal 2.0! The Zentyal 2.0-rc2 that is now available for download, is the last release candidate before the final 2.0 version that will be published on the 1st of September.

Please note that there is an important change in the way you log into Zentyal on this new version: the installer doesn’t ask you anymore for a password for the administration interface, but now you can log in with the username and password asked before (the same you use to get root console).

Besides bugfixing, specially in LDAP and Traffic Shaping, this release candidate comes with the first beta version of the new official Groupware module based on Zarafa. Give it a try and give us feedback!

As we are approaching the release date (September 1st), your help in testing this release candidate and giving feedback is more important than ever. So, it’s testing time! Any feedback and bug reports are really welcome!

You can download the new installer, as usual, from our Downloads page. If you already have installed a Zentyal 2.0-rc1 or eBox 1.5 you can also upgrade your packages to the latest versions available.

Zentyal 2.0-rc1 released!

August 23 2010

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The development team of Zentyal, the Linux small business server previously know as eBox Platform, is glad to announce the availability of the first release with the new name! The Zentyal 2.0-rc1 that is now available for download, is the first release candidate before the final 2.0 version.

Naturally the main visible change since the last eBox 1.5-1 installer is the rebranding associated with the new name, but there are also two other important changes. Firstly, there has been a switch from blackbox to lxde to provide a more friendly desktop environment for non-expert users. Secondly, as already announced, eGroupware is no longer maintained so it has not been included in this installer. If you wish, it is still possible to install eGroupware from the official repositories, but you should take into account that it will be replaced soon. As to other changes and improvements, this version of course also ships all the bugfixing that has been done since the last release.

As the release date approaches (September 1st), your help in testing this release candidate and giving feedback is more important than ever. So, it’s testing time! We’re waiting for your feedback at the Forum!

During August we have published a series of posts (in the Planet eBox, Forum, Facebook and Twitter) to let you know that eBox Platform will change name and we’re glad to announce that the new name was made public today! eBox Platform will change its name to Zentyal and this change will become effective from the 1st of September, with the launch of the new 2.0 version of the server software. Simultaneously, the company eBox Technologies will also change it’s name to Zentyal.

As Ignacio Correas, CEO of eBox Technologies put it “The eBox Platform project has developed, grown and naturally, transformed from its initial goals during the last seven years of development. With this change, we want to ensure the product more accurately reflects what it does. “The current name eBox Platform suggests that the software comes integrated in a server hardware because of the word “Box”. However, the eBox Platform is purely server software that comes with cloud-based subscription services.”

The word Zentyal was chosen as the new name of eBox Platform because it closely resembles the main goal of the project: to make something as essential as network management easy and secure. Zentyal is fusion of two words, where “Zen” represents qualities such as intuition, insight and balance – the easiness of carrying out tasks via intuition – and “Essential” represents qualities such as basic, fundamental and necessary.

Zentyal logo

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If you are interested in knowing more about why we’ve decided to make the change, how was the process of choosing the new name, how come we selected Zentyal or how we came up with the Zentyal logo, just check these posts in Planet eBox.