Hi all Zentyal community members!
The development of next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 3.0) goes on and we're very glad to announce a new milestone: 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.
So, it's testing time! The new installer, for both 32- and 64-bit architectures, is available at the Beta Downloads
page. If you prefer, you can also install the 2.3 packages on an existing Ubuntu Server 12.04 following the instructions on the Installation Guide. We can't wait to receive your feedback!
To sum up, the highlights of this new release are:
- New core: the configuration backend 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 HTTP Proxy and Mail.
- Finally added the Zarafa module, featuring Zarafa 7.1 with its new web interface (classical one is also still available if you prefer it).
- Renewed DHCP and Traffic Shaping GUIs to ease the configuration and management.
Please note that as the Zentyal internals have changed a lot, specially in the way the configuration is stored, it's not currently possible to upgrade from a previous Zentyal 2.3 installation. You should do a fresh install if you want to help us with the testing. Also, as these changes are important, be prepared to find some bugs, but we're waiting for your feedback to fix them asap!
In general, please 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. Until then we are going to frequently release new versions so you can help us testing the new features and improvements.