“Zentyal is secure by default”

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We have had special guests at Zentyal HQ during the first weeks of the year. A few staff members of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) visited us to take a training course, focused especially on security and how to optimize Zentyal server configuration to guarantee security in institutional environments. The course was jointly delivered by Zentyal and ACS Labs, UK-based IT support and service provider specialized in information security and Zentyal Partner.

Mussa Khonje, Computer Security Director at ACS Labs, UK, Nathan Soko and Duncain Taipi, respectively IT Officer and Director of Communications of Malawi Defence Force explained us why Zentyal software responds successfully to the main challenges regarding information security.

Zentyal: What would you say are the typical IT needs and challenges in defence force environments?

ACS Labs: The need to protect the banks, for example, is internationally recognized. When the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia took place in 2008, one of its effects was that people in Georgia could not draw money from banks. Since then organizations such as United Nations or NATO have implemented more rules to safeguard information security and how to tackle cyber operations. This is a new threat that is growing and changing all the time so there is a need to invest in this and it is also the direction the defence forces are taking.

MDF: Defence forces are not anymore all about armed defense, we believe that one must also be prepared for software attacks, to mitigate these attacks and to secure information. If your IT systems are being attacked or hacked, you should be able to make sure these systems can not be easily penetrated, that you are able to keep the information safe and secure the correct functioning of the government.

Zentyal: What are the benefits of Zentyal in comparison to other solutions?

ACS Labs: Zentyal’s position is unique because it is a one platform with so many solutions. It is a well-tested system, with constant security updates and also very flexible to changes on technology. With other solutions you find a big gap: you need to download the software updates and implement them to the machines, what takes a week or more, and during this time the hackers can attack your system. Zentyal offers customers fast and automatic updates.

MDF: Zentyal includes many services that in other software solutions come in different packages. Moreover, Zentyal integrates these services in all-in-one solution and it is very easy-to-use, just by clicking. We believe it is a powerful software that helps to control many security issues.

Zentyal: So, we heard that during the course you were simulating attacks to different machines in order to test their vulnerability. What were the results?

MDF: Yes, we were going into Zentyal software and other software products to test how difficult is to penetrate them. It took us five minutes to go into the proprietary product. Zentyal instead resisted the attack even though we know Zentyal rather well. When you configure it properly, it mitigates completely the attack.

ACS Labs: In the Zentyal Summit of 2012 ACS Labs tested and presented the findings we knew about the strength of Zentyal. It is intelligent to use Zentyal because it is secure by default. If you configure Zentyal very well and you have great security policy, you will always keep your infrastructure protected.

Zentyal: What would you highlight from the course?

MDF: The teacher, Mateo Burillo, went far much deeper than we expected. We believe you Zentyal guys have chosen someone who has deep knowledge about what we were interested in.

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Agile methods improve your workflow and are contagious!

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Amid laughs, Lego plays, origami papers, plastic sheets and colorful pencils is how you could see Zentyal staff at HQ on the 21st of December. The reason was the Agile workshop Teresa Oliver had prepared for Zentyal crew. But what is Agile? Is it really useful tool to improve the project development? Teresa, founder of Skok and in charge of this Agile training session, was pleased to respond to some questions for those who still don’t know what Agile techniques can do for your work-flow.

Zentyal: What is Agile?
Teresa Oliver: It is a different way of managing projects and teams. It is based on giving value to the customer as soon as possible, as frequently as possible and adapting to the change all the time. It means not to have complex and fixed requirements at the beginning of the project, but build and deliver them at the end of it because there are many possibilities of not doing everything right from the beginning, not to have understood the requirements properly or it might also happen that customer needs change during the project. For this to work it is vital that the teams share and practice a range of values like confidence, communication, respect and absolute transparency, and this is not always easy.

Z: Why games can help to overcome these issues?
T. O.: We combine many short games to stimulate the conversation about different Agile values with other longer games such as Lego and the ones with board and pieces in order to understand the complete cycle of a project. These games helps to embrace and fix concepts much more clearly than a traditional presentation.

Teresa Oliver delivering Agile training at Zentyal HQ

Z: If I want to practice Agile methodologies, what are the first steps to be taken?
T. O.: When we -Skok- collaborate in a company, we start with a basic workshop for the whole team, comparing their common everyday work with an Agile one. Afterwards we choose a pilot project, we apply Agile principles from the start and we learn what happens: What works and what has to be adapted to this specific environment. And later we extend, little by little, the learning to the rest of the projects. It uses to be very contagious.

Z: Is it possible to apply Agile in other environments apart from software development? Some people say they use it in their lives.
T. O.: Of course! In fact it is done more and more: At universities and schools, for managing ONGs, for organizing children tasks in families, to mobilize multidisciplinary teams for transversal projects in big organizations… Agile can be useful in every environment where there is a set of people sharing a common goal and dealing with uncertainty and a fast adaptation to change.

Z: In case I want to learn more, to whom I should turn to for advice?
T. O.: Apart from books and blogs, I recommend to meet people in your local community that share these interests. In Zaragoza we have Agile Aragon, a small but very active community, that meets periodically to organize events, talks, bring people from other cities to share their experiences, make Agile programming sessions, etc. There is nothing like personal contact.

Z: How can I find my local Agile community?
T. O.: In Spain local communities are listed here. A good worldwide list, can be found here.

Thanks Teresa for making Zentyal Team a little more agile :)!

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Step by step: small goals and reward yourself

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Awesomeness by small and affordable tasks

We all know that goals are important in our life. Yes, you are right, I said “life” and not only “work”. If you are used to work with goals, have you tried with them in your personal life? But I am not writing about life goals. Today I would like to write about some of those epidemics that are spreading all around the world: Poor concrete goals.

Doh! “Poor concrete” would not be the right words. Your goal in this project is to develop a huge web administration tool, users will be able to…. and administrator will be able to delete… when a “friend” is deleted a soft deletion will take place… and… do not forget to enable… is it clear? Of course it is. But, once you have to play the ball, the goal would seem to be huge and unaffordable.

We all have started a work day and felt that that day we did not want to do anything. Better sleeping habits could help, but probably the problem was the task that had to be done. Too complex? Too repetitive? Too difficult for you? Or you just simply do not like it. Let’s take a magic spacecraft.

Maybe you could fly up away your task. This would give you a clear and motivational context. Isn’t it clear? Don’t be so tight! Imaginary fuel is free, you can fly up higher and higher. Now you can see your company’s main direction and you may take a look at how it aligns to your personal and family life.

But I told you this was about avoiding “poor concrete goals”, once you have achieved a fully (I am always optimistic) motivational state it is time to dive deep into that task with we do not want to face up, let’s use again our magic spacecraft. It is everything about divide and conquer. Simple and smaller tasks use to be more affordable and motivating. Why do not use them? Now you only have to manage those tasks.

Internet is plenty of web tools that would help, but this is not about platforms, this is about you. It sounds aggressive, but it I promise, it is all about you. Sometimes simple is best. You can write them out on a whiteboard, on a piece of paper, or why not?, on a window glass with that whiteboard marker you have. But writing them out is not enough.

Apart from doing them, the key point is deleting them from your list. You can play basketball with the post-it, or you might burn it; maybe you would rather cross off the task with unusual passion. You have finished a task, you deserve a reward, so take it! No one is gonna give it to you (at least sooner enough), you have to take it by yourself. Take it and enjoy your work.

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Zentyal Internal Plumbing (Part I): Mail

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Hello all,

Some of our advanced users don’t have enough just interacting with the Zentyal interface, and want to go deeper in its entrails, to know the abstracted-out details. In this series of small blog posts I would try to clarify how the different components are interconnected.

plumbing

I want to cover the following sub-systems:

  • Mail (Mail module only version)
  • Mail (Groupware version)
  • Samba4 and Kerberos & how it connects to other sub-systems
  • HTTP proxy

Let’s start with the Mail (Mail module only) and it’s general interconnection map:

(click to enlarge image)

This diagram also includes all the mailfilter capabilities.

Point by point:

A: Postfix is our Mail Transfer Agent, in charge of delivering and accepting mails from other mail servers.

B: The standard entry point for the SMTP protocol, it can support security via STARTTLS. Intended for communication with external MTAs.

C: Same than B, this port is intended for local users delivery.

D: Same than B, but with forced TLS communication.

E: Every time the MTA receives a new message, the associated domain can be checked against the Postgrey database, this mechanism can force retries to deter spamming bots.

F: Dovecot, our Mail Delivery Agent, distributes the mail to the users’ mail boxes.

G: Dovecot is able to accept SIEVE rules (filters, forwards, flags and so on) using this port.

H: SIEVE is sub-systems implementing a scripted language that performs the configured rules over the incoming mail. Take into account that SIEVE rules can, in turn, talk to the MTA to forward a mail again.

I: Your Mail User Agent (mail client) will retrieve the mails from the MDA, using POP, IMAP or their secure versions.

J: Amavis is a security suite that will use other components to filter potentially dangerous mail.

K: Messages are forwarded from the MTA to Amavis, checked, tagged according to their spam status and then returned to Postfix.

L: Amavis uses an unix socket to pass the messages to the ClamAV antivirus for inspection. Infected messages will be stored away in the quarantine folders, thus, they won’t be delivered to their recipients.

M: The Spamassassin suite uses multiple auto-adjusting mechanism to detect unwanted mail.

N: Fetchmail can periodically retrieve mail form external accounts and insert it in our system talking with the MTA.

O: The Webmail service can be deployed to communicate with the MTA and MUA using a webapp.

Hope this had shed some light, the next post will reuse a lot of this concepts.

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Remember, remember the month of Movember

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Movember has arrived to Zentyal

Most of you would already know about that annual event called Movember. For those who don’t here is a brief summary: some dudes (Mo Bros) let grow their moustaches during the month of November. So there it is the combination of those two words, moustache and November, that builds the Movember event. I am sure you have noticed some other Mo Bros at the TV or maybe you just thought how horrible was that young guy with that ridiculous moustache. But everything has an explanation.

We let grow our moustaches during the month of November to raise the awareness of prostate cancer, other male diseases and associated charities. We want to “change the face of men’s health”, so one our duties consists in answering everyone who ask us about our moustache with a great speech about men’s health and the importance of getting an annual check-up.

We can also ask for donations to the Movember Foundation, which also has run events all around the world to raise founds for men’s health issues like the prior quoted prostate cancer, depression or testicular cancer. So here we are. Some of us at the Zentyal’s HQ are wearing a terrible moustache, it doesn’t look nice, but we do not care about it; we are proud to explain everyone, including our workmates, why we are wearing this.

Do not worry! It looks better day by day, and you will start recognising yourself after a few days. Now it is your turn. Now you might become the next antenna to spread Movember message, you will notice that you are not walking alone as you would see other Mo Bros around.

Let’s do it!

More info | Movember

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We have a winning Fluffy picture!

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Congrats to @Miripi! The picture of her exclusive, customized Fluffy cube was the most voted by Zentyal staff (we really loved it!). It really seems that the quickest way to win the hearths of Zentyal staff is to wear a heavy t-shirt 😉

As promised, the winner gets a small Zentyal gift package. Miripi, we hope you will enjoy it!

Did you already make your own Fluffy? Not yet? Check out this post where you can find the instructions to make your own Fluffy.

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Create your own Fluffy

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It has been a long time since we decided to create Fluffy, but finally, Fluffy is here among us.

Fluffy is here

Why a mascot?

Since the very beginning of the Zentyal project we always wanted to have a mascot for a number of reasons. In the first place, we think that a mascot is a positive eye-catcher, able to grab people’s attention more easily than a logo or any other visual resource.

It also helps to build good feeling among the community: people can identify more easily with a little human like mascot than just with a name or a logo and in addition, it can also help to spread the word of the project.

Apart from that, a mascot is a very versatile resource, it can be used to make the users smile during the installation process, reinforce messages, it can be helpful for creating merchandising, etc.

Why Fluffy is a panda bear?

So what is the reason that our mascot is an adorable, curious, big-headed panda bear? First of all because we like panda bears, they are robust like Zentyal products, peaceful like Zentyal family, and they come from oriental “Zen” culture that matches with the  Zentyal project philosophy.

The first drafts of Fluffy saw light as forum avatars, created by Antonio (a friend of the project), during a long road trip to Wacken festival. The aim of the avatars was to represent the different forum member levels, going from basic user level, “Apprentice” to most advance user level “Hero”, and they looked this this:

fluffy forums avatars

Why Fluffy is called Fluffy?

We got the name of Fluffy basically from the next scene of the movie Despicable Me. Zentyal staff has also a inclination to become fluffy over time, so it seemed an appropriate name for our mascot!

And finally, let’s make your own Fluffy!

Now to start off on the right foot with Fluffy, let’s see how you can create your very own Fluffy cube.

1- Download and print the template:  Fluffy cube template

2- Get a scissors, some glue and follow the instructions

3- When your Fluffy is ready, upload a picture of yourself and your Fluffy to your Facebook account and tag Zentyal (or send us the picture to info at zentyal.org). In one week Zentyal staff will choose the coolest pictures and will contact you to send you a small package by mail!

cube FluffyDIY Fluffy cube

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Zentyal 3.0 Development Progress (May 23)

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Roadmap Zentyal 3.0

Many of you were interested in the first post about the development status of the next stable Zentyal version (Zentyal 3.0, to be released in September 2012). As we published the post few months ago already, we thought it would be good idea to write another update summing up shortly the advances. So, here we go!

1/6 Upgrade to Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

As you know, the single most important change in Zentyal 3.0 is that it will be based on the Ubuntu Server 12.04, that was published in the end of April. The first Zentyal 3.0 beta installer (Zentyal 2.3) based on Ubuntu Server 12.04 was published already and the second beta installer (Zentyal 2.3-1) should be out in couple of weeks too!

How can you help? Help in testing is warmly welcome! Download the beta installer and let us know through the Forum or Trac whatever flaws you come up with!

2/6 New Samba4 Module

The first alpha version of the Samba4 module was already published in the first Zentyal 3.0 beta installer! In this first version some features were still missing, but when completed, Samba4 module will offer a full replacement for Microsoft Active Directory for users and resource management.

The second Zentyal 3.0 beta installer, that will be published in couple of weeks, will include a new version of the Samba4 module and it will introduce some fixes and enhancements as well as new synchronization scheme based on Samba LDB modules and the use of its’ LDAP interface instead of having to use the command line tools.

How can you help? Help us testing the Samba4 module! Download the beta installer and let us know through the Forum or Trac whatever issues you come up with!

3/6 Single Sign-On (Kerberos)

The Single Sign-On (SSO) feature, based on the Kerberos authentication protocol, will allow your users to access to all their network services (email, proxy…) introducing their username and password only once.

The Zentyal Development Team has been working hard on this feature and we’re now in the final countdown for publishing the Kerberos SSO features: implementation is finished and we’re in the internal testing stage. Currently we have SSO supported for mail and proxy modules, on Windows and Linux platforms. The second Zentyal 3.0 beta installer, that will be published in couple of weeks, will also include this feature!

How can you help? Stay tuned! The next Zentyal 3.0 beta installer will include this feature and we’re looking forward to receiving your feedback on it!

4/6 Zentyal Desktop for Ubuntu

The aim of this module is to ease the management of Ubuntu Desktops, an advanced version of the currently available Zentyal Desktop. Unfortunately we still didn’t have time to start with the development of this module.

How can you help? Besides testing, auto-configuration of services is based on the idea that we would provide just a framework to interact with Zentyal server, and the Community Members would implement plugins for different applications (Evolution, KMail, Thunderbird, etc.) Zentyal Forum has it´s own Zentyal Desktop board, where you can join the conversation regarding necessary plugins, give feedback, etc.

5/6 Usability Improvements

Since the last update, the Zentyal Development Team has been focused specially on improving the Zentyal server speed, responsiveness of the user interface and reliability of the configuration backend. All these enhancements will be included in the second Zentyal 3.0 beta installer, that will be published in couple of weeks.

How can you help? Stay tuned! The next Zentyal 3.0 beta installer will include these improvements and we’re looking forward to receiving your feedback!

6/6 Thin Clients Module

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.

The first version of the Zentyal Thin Client Module (zentyal-ltsp) is already available for testing and the 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

How can you help? Help us testing this module! Download the beta installer and let us know through the Forum or Trac whatever issues you come up with!

As you can see, there have been many advances and we’re very interested in your help in testing all these new features and enhancements to be able to deliver a great new stable release in September!

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Zentyal 3.0 Development Progress

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Roadmap Zentyal 3.0

On Sunday, 5th of February we held a brief BoF meeting in the FOSDEM 2012 to explain the development status of Zentyal 3.0, that is to be published next September. As many of you are probably interested in knowing what is going on, we thought it would be good to sum up shortly the advances regarding each major new feature/change.

1/5 Upgrade to Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

As you probably know already, the single most important change in Zentyal 3.0 is the change of the base system form Ubuntu Server 10.04 to Ubuntu Server 12.04. At the moment we have already published 36 alpha packages for Ubuntu Server 12.04, meaning that only two packages are now missing (Remoteservices and Zarafa) and these will be out as soon as possible!

How can you help? Testing help is warmly welcome, check out the detailed instructions and give us your feedback through the Forum or Trac. We estimate that the first Zentyal installer will be available in few days.

2/5 New Samba4 Module

Samba 4, that is currently in beta, is a full replacement for Microsoft Active Directory for users and resource management. We aim at replacing the current Samba 3 module with Samba 4 in Zentyal 3.0 and the Development Team has been working on this for some time already at good speed.

How can you help? We expect to release the first beta version in few days (included in the new Zentyal installer) and you can easily help in testing the module.

3/5 Single Sign-On (Kerberos)

The fully new Single Sign-On feature will allow your network users to gain access to all network services (mail, proxy…) with one-time log in. At the moment the feature has been defined and developing will start in about one week.

How can you help? When the feature is available, besides testing, you can help in defining the group policies that limit, or control the things the user can make on the desktop, e.g. set the wallpaper or prevent him/her changing it.

4/5 Zentyal Desktop for Ubuntu

The aim of this new module is to ease the management of Ubuntu Desktops, an advanced version of the currently available Zentyal Desktop. This is something we still didn´t start working on, but the main features will be 1. Authentication against the Zentyal server and Single Sign-On (user can log in to his/her desktop on any PC in the network and there is no need to authenticate more than once to access to all services) and 2. Auto-configuration of applications (user is given automatically the necessary applications, e.g. email, and access to, e.g. shared folders).

How can you help? Besides testing, auto-configuration of services is based on the idea that we would provide just a framework to interact with Zentyal server, and the Community Members would implement plugins for different applications (Evolution, KMail, Thunderbird, etc.) Zentyal Forum has it´s own Zentyal Desktop board, where you can join the conversation regarding necessary plugins, give feedback, etc.

5/5 Usability Improvements

Each new Zentyal version brings a bunch of usability improvements and this version won’t be an exception. This time our main focus is on improving specially:

1. The speed and responsiveness of the user interface, and
2. The usability of the Master/Slave mode.

We’re already excited about the improvements we have achieved regarding the speed and responsiveness of the UI and when we have finished, we hope that we’ll be able to say that Zentyal is fast as lightning ;)!

As to the Master/Slave mode, we’re working to make it possible to have modules that make use of LDAP in master mode. Until now, if you had a mail server and a file server on two different machines you needed three machines: a master only to manage users and two slaves, one for mail and one for files. In Zentyal 3.0 you will be able to make one of the machines master without any problem. Moreover, you can change a slave to master easily, without having to re-install as until now.

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Zentyal Community Interview: Christian

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Zentyal Forum Moderator Christian

Name or Forum nick:

Christian

I’m familiar with Zentyal project since:

August 2009

I contribute to Zentyal project:

As Zentyal forum moderator, my main contribution is obviously forum. I’m spending more and more time on IRC and published my first “How To” some days ago.

What’s your very first memory of computers?

As far as I remember, it was long time ago (beginning of 80’s), with Sinclair Z81. My very first steps with Basic system. It was more matter of curiosity than computing and it never became my hobby. Few years later, I worked for a company running ICL System 25 then S39 for their CAPM: my very first real close contact with computers and network. At the same time, I assembled my first 8080 personal computer (yes, one with 5 1/4″ floppy).

What was the first Linux-based program you ever used?

Frankly, I don’t remember, although it’s not that old. Aside platforms I was working on as system administrator (S/36, AS/400 and mainframes) I mainly utilized Windows OS based computers (starting with 2.11) and discovered Solaris before Linux. I tried to compile my first Linux kernel sometime beginning of 2000’s but never really used it after I succeeded because it was too much time consuming ;-)!

Finally first Linux program I used was openWRT and then DD-WRT in order to get more control over my Linksys router. This pushed me to look again at Linux: I had a quick try with RedHat then switched to Debian and next Ubuntu which was at this time stable enough for me to run it full time on my main PC. Since I’m running it for anything I need except video editing.

How did you end up as Zentyal user?

Some years ago I started playing with Kurobox as NAS. Pretty active community there with people explaining ho to install Debian on this minimalist ARM platform. I jumped in the pool, played with Debian on KuroBox and this lead me to mini-ITX sized PC. Having decided to use it as my Internet gateway at home, I made multiple tries with zeroShell, Clark Connect, pfSense… I finally end up with basic Ubuntu server and my own set of components (postfix, ldap, samba), reproducing what I’m used to design at the office ;-).

It was very efficient and flexible but delegating administration (at this time, I was traveling a lot) appeared to be the main issue. Looking for something more “end-user” oriented, I discovered eBox, decided to give a try and since I’m still running Zentyal as Internet gateway platform. My NAS is still running Samba, not yet Zentyal, because there is a couple of design choices that I don’t fully share but this may evolve.

Why do you contribute to open source projects, such as Zentyal?

First, and mainly, because I like the “community” concept permitting to explain your own view, share your experience and learn from others. Zentyal is obviously not the only forum I’m contributing to, but because this covers technical aspects I’m quite comfortable with (working as an IT architect for large company since years) and it’s maybe the one I’m currently more involved in.

What’s the single most important lesson you’ve learnt from open source/Linux projects?

“Other people may have different, but still very valid, if not better view than your own.”

What is the biggest mistake open source users make?

To me, there is not one but at least three main mistakes:

  • Open source means free.
  • More and more willingness to just mimic Windows instead of analyzing and describing needs in order to find suitable solution.
  • Lack of understanding at concepts level before starting to implement and use components.

More and more users, moving from Windows world, are targeting Linux only because they want to reproduce with open source what they have with Windows, but for free. Because of the nature of open source, multiple components are available to cover similar needs. This requires maybe better technical understanding of involved concept, but this necessary effort is often not made. Hopefully there is still a lot of people balancing this with in-depth knowledge they are prone to share.

What is the most frustrating / rewarding thing about open source projects?

If question relates to community and forum, I feel very frustrated by two kind of topics:

  • “It doesn’t work, please help asap!” I hate people mixing up “community based forum” and “helpdesk with SLA”, furthermore not being able to explain what their problem or error message is.
  • Any topic leading to unproductive fight. Forum is the right place to share ideas and even have different views. This may result in some conflicting exchanges, which is fine as long as this is respectful.

On the other hand, forums and community based projects are very interesting and motivating thanks to knowledge you may acquire, from technical standpoint first but also because of people explaining why they have different needs, different view different way of solving similar problem. I learn a lot from this.

What’s the (best) thing about Zentyal for you?

For sure the concept that is to hide behind simple, unified and somehow “end-user” oriented interface complex settings.

What new feature/improvement would you like to see introduced to Zentyal 3.0?

I’m perhaps one of the few ones not asking for any new feature. My very first reaction is often to reject, as first approach, adding of any new component to Zentyal. I would rather vote for more limited scope (e.g. only infrastructure gateway) with improved features for these few components:

  • DNS with replication capability.
  • LDAP with easier set up in master/slave mode (too much restrictions and issues as of today).
  • More DHCP options.
  • Better clean up (but also no end-user data deletion without warning) when settings change.

And definitely openness. Zentyal as open source platform should provide more flexibility with components it involves to make it open to external programs:

  • Capability to use CA as true CA, not for Zentyal servers only.
  • Capability to use LDAP for external clients.

Last but not least, resource footprint does matter: with current design, running Zentyal on small platform is difficult because of some quite rather heavy components: replacing HTTP server with lighter equivalent (and permitting BTW to run Apache as “business web server” if needed) may help.

Who would you like to know better from the Zentyal community? What would you like to ask him?

Rather than asking only one community member, face to face meeting is really what I’m expecting. I will unfortunately not be able to join Zentyal summit in November, being already busy at this date, but this is definitely the kind of event I’m awaiting for. Go ahead guys and I’ll do my best to attend to the next one.

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