14 Dec 2007
(updated 14 Dec 2007 at 22:09 UTC) »
Zimbra: Not so nice after all
Zimbra has major problems. The first issue is that they
have an evil
license. And then you get to what they bundle
with Zimbra, in hacked versions of Postfix, MySQL, apache,
Cyrus and more. You can see it all in the
ThirdParty section of their svn. A beautiful security
nightmare, if you ask me.
Then there is their Evolution conector:
Zimbra is hardcoded against Evolution 2.6/2.8,
and not 2.12
posted to the evolution-hackers list.
All of this points to an "all mine, none for you"
development ethos. When I asked a Zimbra rep at either
Ubuntu Live or OSCON 2007 about their massive patches, the
only response was "they didn't do what we wanted and the
patches are not suitable to go upstream".
And yes, Ubuntu is far more than Canonical. I was
specifically referring to where Canonical should spend it's
money in the next year. It should also be noted that in most
cases Canonical use cases align very nicely with community ones.
As for Evolution, I widely suspect the only bit we will
still be talking about in 5 years will be
Evolution-Data-Server (or a succesor).