It is time to join the translation effort of Zentyal 3.0, the next stable Zentyal version, that will be released in September! This release includes many usability and performance improvements and new features, such as Samba4, Kerberos, Thin Clients, UPS and new HTTP proxy module, and it would be awesome to make Zentyal 3.0 fully available in as many languages as possible.

Currently Zentyal has been started to translate to 36 different languages. Check if the translation to your language has already started and if not, ask the language project to get added by sending an email to the internationalization mailing list. At the moment, the most translated languages are:

Spanish: 79%
Portuguese (Brazil): 79%
Lithuanian: 79%
Catalan: 75%
Russian: 74%
Hungarian: 68%
French: 63%
Italian: 59%
Portuguese: 58%
Norwegian Bokmål: 52%
German: 50%

To contribute to the translation, simply go to the Zentyal Translation Site, register on-line and start translating! As you can see, the translation is done with a web-based tool that is very easy to use. If you have any doubts, you can check out this how-to on translating Zentyal to your language, ask in the Forum or send an e-mail to the Internationalization mailing list.

Let’s make those percentages go up!!

Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce that Zentyal 3.0 has now entered the feature freeze period, meaning that from now on the focus will be on polishing and bugfixing until the stable release will go out in September. To celebrate the feature freeze, a new beta installer (Zentyal 2.3-2) has been released, including new versions of most of the packages.

The new installer, for both 32- and 64-bit architectures, is available at the Beta Downloads page and the Zentayl Team is looking forward to receiving everyones’ feedback & bug reports, to release the first Zentyal 3.0 Release Candidate in a few weeks. Some of the highlights included in this new version are:

  • First version of the brand new HTTP proxy module, with a much simpler interface and improvements like now it is possible to apply different filter profiles on different time periods.
  • New features on Samba4, allowing to set administrator account or edit general settings without having to disable the module.
  • Several improvements in Firewall, OpenVPN and Captive Portal modules, featuring support for SNAT rules, MAC filtering and Captive Portal objects and services exceptions.
  • Jabber module now supports shared roster, vCards, STUN and Proxy configuration, and even integration with the Zarafa Webapp!
  • Changes are now saved in a dialog that disappears when the process has finished without redirecting the user to a different page. Also it blocks any action on the interface while saving the changes for safety reasons.
  • Support for confirmation dialogs at framework level that can be triggered with any action on the models.
  • Lots of other bugfixes and minor improvements!

If you have already a working Zentyal 2.3 installation, you can try upgrading, but it’s always safer to do a fresh install. It should be taken into account that specially the Proxy module has changed from top to bottom so it is necessary to reconfigure it. It should also be considered that this is a beta version, not intended for production environments, so you will find some rough edges, but with your feedback, we hope to fix them all very soon.

Happy testing!

Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that a new zentyal-samba module is now available for testing! This module includes all the improvements done since the first release and it is based on the recently published Samba 4.0 beta2 version. The highlights of this new zentyal-samba module are:

  • Samba4 now integrates the good old Samba3 daemon for the file sharing and printing services, providing more stability in these features (New zentyal-printers module is not yet ready, but stay tuned because it will be ready really soon)
  • Integration with Logs module is now working
  • Recycle Bin feature has been added again
  • Guest shares are now working
  • Roaming profiles support has been added
  • It is possible to choose drive letter to map user home directories

The easiest way to test this new version is to do a fresh installation of Zentyal 2.3-1 having Internet connection to make sure that the latest versions of the packages are downloaded. If you already have a Zentyal 2.3-1 installed, you can upgrade the full system to get these new versions using the Software Management module or with apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade in command line.

Please remember that Zentyal 2.3 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. However, we hope that you will help us in the testing and are very much looking forward to receiving your feedback and bug reports through the Forum and Trac!

Zentyal Development team is glad to announce that the very first version of the UPS module is now available for testing in the Zentyal 3.0 beta version! This brand new module, that will be included in the next stable Zentyal server release (Zentyal 3.0), will help to protect Zentyal server when unexpected power disruptions occur by properly shutting down the system.

This first version of the UPS management module integrates the NUT daemon to monitor the UPS devices connected to the local system. It reads all the variables published by the UPS and allows to change its settings such as the low battery threshold, shutting down your system properly when an event is triggered.

Please note that this is the first version of the module and we’re looking forward to your feedback to improve and complete it. So, everybody, it’s time to install the module, configure it and pull the plug to see what happens! Please remember that this is recommended for testing environments only and we’re looking forward to receiving your reports through the Forum and Trac!

You should be able to install the module through the Software Management module on an existing 2.3 installation, or via commandline with sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install zentyal-nut Once installed, you’ll be able to access the UPS module configuration under the Maintenance –> UPS menu.

Happy testing!

The Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce another milestone in the development of the next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 3.0): a new Zentyal 2.3 installer is now available for testing! This installer features the first alpha version of Kerberos, Zarafa integration and a brand new core that should significantly improve the speed and responsiveness of the UI.

The new installer, for both 32- and 64-bit architectures, is available at the Beta Downloads page. It is also possible to install the 2.3 packages on an existing Ubuntu Server 12.04 following the instructions on the Installation Guide. The highlights of this new release are:

  • New core: the configuration back-end and the model manager have been rewritten providing better configuration caching and on-demand loading of models. You should notice better performance and lower memory consumption.
  • First version of the Kerberos integration providing the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature. This will allow your users to access the network services introducing their username and password only once. Currently it’s only implemented on Mail and Proxy.
  • Integration of the Zarafa module, featuring Zarafa 7.1 with its new web interface (classical one is also still available if you prefer it).
  • Renewed GUIs to ease the configuration and management of DHCP and Traffic Shaping.

So, it is testing time and we are looking forward to your feedback and bug reports through the Forum and Trac! Please note that a fresh installation is recommended due to the major changes in the Zentyal internals. Please also remember that Zentyal 2.3 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. Zentyal 3.0, the next stable release, will be released in September 2012.

Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) 2012

Jorge Salamero, Zentyal systems analyst and developer, will be leading some working sessions at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) that is currently being held in Oakland (USA), from the 7th of May until the 11th of May.

As an Ubuntu-based server distribution, aimed at small and medium businesses that necessary don’t have high technical knowledge on Linux, Zentyal offers a convenient server solution for Ubuntu community. During the UDS, Zentyal developers will discuss with the Ubuntu community the following goals for Zentyal in the next Ubuntu release 12.10 Quantal Quetzal:

11th of May, Zentyal integration on Edubuntu

9th of May, Graphical interface for Domain Directory management

7th of May, Making Zentyal more Ubuntu ecosystem friendly

7th of May, Zentyal power management

We warmly welcome you to join these working sessions. Moreover, Zentyal Team will be in the San Francisco bay area until the 13th of May. If you are interested in meeting us, please contact on info at zentyal.com or Twitter (@zentyal).

Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the Zentyal Community Council has now been officially launched and all interested Zentyal Community members are welcome to join the conversation and get more involved with the Zentyal server project!

What is Zentyal Community Council? The social structures and community process of Zentyal server project are supervised by the Zentyal Community Council. The Community Council approves the creation of new teams or projects, along with team leader appointments. The Council is also responsible for the Code of Conduct and ensuring that community members follow its guidelines.

How can I join? The Zentyal Community Council meets once a month on IRC, in the #zentyal-council channel on the freenode network. The next meeting will take place on the 9th of May, at 22:00 CET. Everyone interested is free to join the meetings, propose topics and volunteer for the different community projects (e.g. currently volunteers for Bug Hunter Squad are wanted).

Jorge Salamero, Zentyal systems analyst and developer, will give a talk at the Linux Open Administration Days (LOAD) that will be held in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 31st of March and 1st of April 2012. The talk entitled “Challenges of Samba 4 and SSO integration” will take place on the 31st of March, within the Python track.

The next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 3.0) will be published in September 2012 and it will integrate Samba 4, offering a full replacement for Microsoft Active Directory to manage network users and resources. During his talk, Salamero will explain the challenges the Zentyal Development Team has faced when integrating Samba 4 with technologies such as OpenLDAP and Kerberos.

“The biggest challenge of Samba 4 integration is to make it work with LDAP Directory server and Single sign-on configuration. This makes possible, for example, that the user can change his Windows Desktop password and the existing mail system keeps working as it is able to authenticate the user with the new password” said Jorge Salamero, and continued “The first beta version of Zentyal 3.0 including Samba 4 has been published already and I’m glad to share our experience on the integration.”

Additional note: Zentyal Team will be in Belgium and the Netherlands from the 30th of March until the 3rd of April. If you are interested in arranging a meeting, please contact us via info at zentyal.com

Zentyal Team is glad to announce that the first version of the zentyal-ltsp module is now available for testing! This new module provides Thin and Fat Client functionality and it is integrated with the DHCP module. Current features allow the users to:

  • Build and update Thin and Fat client images
  • Install local applications
  • Limit one session per user
  • Create profiles to apply different configuration to the clients
  • Enable/Disable network compression, local apps, local devices, autologin, guest login and sound
  • Select keyboard layout
  • Enter any other custom LTSP options
  • Configure Per-client Autologin and Guest Login

Zentyal Thin Clients module will help to deploy and manage a thin client installation, where user applications are transparently run on the server while they are being used on the workstations. The main advantages of this type of installations are that low-cost or outdated hardware can be used for the workstations, while latest applications are run on the server and workstation management is simplified as all clients run the same image from the server. This module is based on the LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project), the most popular open source implementation of the thin client technology.

To test this new module, install a fresh Zentyal 2.3 making sure that you have Internet connection so you get the latest packages. If you already have an installed Zentyal 2.3, upgrade to the latest version and select the new ‘Thin Clients’ module. There are few Additional notes you should also read.

Please remember that Zentyal 2.3 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. However, all 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 Team is glad to announce the availability of the first Zentyal 2.3 installer, featuring Samba4. Zentyal 2.3 is a development version based on Ubuntu Server 12.04 beta and it will become Zentyal 3.0 (next stable release) in September 2012.

The new installer for 32- and 64-bit architectures can be downloaded from the Beta Downloads page. If you already have an existing Ubuntu Server 12.04 installation, you can also install the 2.3 packages simply by following the instructions of the Installation Guide.

The most relevante change since the release of the first Zentyal 2.3 packages, is the Samba4 integration. This is the first alpha version and some features are still missing, but when completed, Samba4 module will offer a full replacement for Microsoft Active Directory for users and resource management.

Please remember that Zentyal 2.3 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. However, all testing help is greatly appreciated as well as bug reports, feedback and ideas that can be given through the Zentyal Forum or Zentyal Trac.