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!

    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

    Categories: Company

    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.