Not sure if this is the correct forum but here goes.... 🙂
Now that ZCS 10 has gone GA is there a provisional timeline for a version of Zextras for that ZCS version? Obviously, I'm assuming that it will need a new version of Zextras, correct?
How about the new ZCS 10 version, will you be releasing a version of that?
this is Luca, Zextras Product Owner.
Thanks for your question.
As you know, we decided to put our effort to make publicly available the Zimbra 9 FOSS when it was announced that it would stop having an official FOSS release.
We knew we had to guarantee not only the availability of the build but also keep it updated and aligned with the codebase and provide a set of QA tests before releasing the packages to the community.
Unfortunately, this time we are not able to guarantee the same results, even putting same effort.
Looking at the project, version 10 confirms some changes introduced with version 9. Eg, the focus on the UI moved to the Modern interface, which is not open source.
Some changes in the mailbox seem to modify the architecture of features we used in order to extend it with our Suite, without making them available in the open-source code base.
In other words, we are still evaluating the impact of the changes to our Zextras Suite, and we cannot guarantee the stability or compatibility of an open-source build of Zimbra 10.
Until Zimbra 10 will not be officially supported, it will make no sense to think about supporting it.
To summarize: no, unfortunately, we are not going to release either a Zextras build of Zimbra 10 or support Zimbra 10 with Zextras Suite.
All the best
Thanks for the your detailed reply. It's a great shame that Zimbra has taken this path to make it difficult for anyone to use/improve/modify the product - in my opinion that's not a benefit to a supposedly open source product. I'll await further updates when you had a good look at the code. I guess I'll be using ZCS 9 for a good while longer. 🙂
It is questionable whether Zimbra is completely ending the FOSS edition. The official FOSS version 8.8.15 ends at the end of 2023. What happens after that? Today, Zimbra boasts that it will abandon open source, if it ends the FOSS edition, it will only be closed source.
Does anyone know the next steps?