| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next

C[omp]ute

Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

Last 100 entries

Flexible Muscle-Based Locomotion for Bipedal Creatures; SQL Performance Explained; The Little Manual of API Design; Multiple Word Sizes; CRC - Next Steps; FizzBuzz; Update on CRCs; Decent Links / Discussion Community; Automated Reasoning About LLVM Optimizations and Undefined Behavior; A Painless Guide To CRC Error Detection Algorithms; Tests in Julia; Dave Eggers: what's so funny about peace, love and Starship?; Cello - High Level C Programming; autoreconf needs tar; Will Self Goes To Heathrow; Top 5 BioInformatics Papers; Vasovagal Response; Good Food in Vina; Chilean Drug Criminals Use Subsitution Cipher; Adrenaline; Stiglitz on the Impact of Technology; Why Not; How I Am 5; Lenovo X240 OpenSuse 13.1; NSA and GCHQ - Psychological Trolls; Finite Fields in Julia (Defining Your Own Number Type); Julian Assange; Starting Qemu on OpenSuse; Noisy GAs/TMs; Venezuela; Reinstalling GRUB with EFI; Instructions For Disabling KDE Indexing; Evolving Speakers; Changing Salt Size in Simple Crypt 3.0.0; Logarithmic Map (Moved); More Info; Words Found in Voynich Manuscript; An Inventory Of 3D Space-Filling Curves; Foxes Using Magnetic Fields To Hunt; 5 Rounds RC5 No Rotation; JP Morgan and Madoff; Ori - Secure, Distributed File System; Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs); Prejudice on Reddit; Recursion OK; Optimizing Julia Code; Cash Handouts in Brazil; Couple Nice Music Videos; It Also Works!; Adaptive Plaintext; It Works!; RC5 Without Rotation (2); 8 Years...; Attack Against Encrypted Linux Disks; Pushing Back On NSA At IETF; Summary of Experimental Ethics; Very Good Talk On Security, Snowden; Locusts are Grasshoppers!; Vagrant (OpenSuse and IDEs); Interesting Take On Mandela's Context; Haskell Cabal O(n^2) / O(n) Fix; How I Am 4; Chilean Charity Supporting Women; Doing SSH right; Festival of Urban Intervention; Neat Idea - Wormholes Provide Entanglement; And a Link....; Simple Encryption for Python 2.7; OpenSuse 13.1 Is Better!; Little Gain...; More Details on Technofull Damage; Palmrest Cracked Too....; Tecnofull (Lenovo Support) Is Fucking Useless; The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath; Interpolating Polynomials; Bottlehead Crack as Pre-amp; Ooops K702!; Bottlehead Crack, AKG K701; Breaking RC5 Without Rotation; Great post thank you; Big Balls of Mud; Phabricator - Tools for working together; Amazing Julia RC5 Code Parameterized By Word Size; Chi-Square Can Be Two-Sided; Why Do Brits Accept Surveillance?; Statistics Done Wrong; Mesas Trape from Bravo; European Report on Crypto Primitives and Protocols; Interesting Omissions; Oryx And Crake (Margaret Atwood); Music and Theory; My Arduino Programs; Elliptic Curve Crypto; Re: Licensing Interpreted Code; Licensing Interpreted Code; ASUS 1015E-DS03 OpenSuse 12.3 SSD; translating lettuce feature files into stub steps files; Re: translating lettuce feature files into stub steps files; A Tale of Two Psychiatrists; The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts; The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

© 2006-2013 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

Zimbra (Messaging and Collaboration)

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 20:53:56 -0300 (CLST)

For some reason I can't remember (perhaps to spite Google, who have move
me from the second hit for "andrew cooke" to page three or four) I started
poking around Yahoo to see just what services they provided (ah - I do
remember - I had just read a news item saying how they were developing way
too many different products).

Anyway, as a consequence, I stumbled across Zimbra.  At first I found it a
little confusing, so my hope is that the following will help clarify
exactly what all the different bits are (although, full disclosure, I am
guessing at some bits still).

In very broad terms Zimbra is one of those enterprisey things like IBM's
Lotus Domino/Notes.  It provides email for everyone in a company.  More
than that, it lets users manage and share information - diary
appointments, files, address books etc etc.

So Zimbra is a glorified email server.  With a chat server.  And a diary
application.  And a web server for sharing documents.

Some of the particularly neat parts seem to be:
- the webmail aspect is very impressive (to the point where you forget
it's a web page at all - apparently better than gmail...)
- the mail server will integrate many different sources (including imap
and pop3)
- there's support for offline mail reading


OK, so that's the basics, and really not that confusing.  What threw me is
that there are so many different ways to use it:

- You can pay for the server software (since the client is web based that
gets you the whole system).  This is the basic, traditional, obvious way
to use the system.

- You can download the server software for free.  This is the open source
take.  It seems to have a lot of functionality, but not everything in the
pay-for version - http://www.zimbra.com/products/product_editions.html

- Zimbra will host the server for you (paid), if you're an EDU.  This is
the "cloud" version, I guess?

- You can download a Zimbra client.  This is a standalone mail program.


It was the last of these that threw me; perhaps because that's where I
started (and so assumed it was the important bit).  In fact (and this is
the guessing bit) I now think this is just a mash-up that basically
installs a local mini-server.  The client is, in fact, Mozilla (XUL) and I
guess that it's running pretty much the client software you would get in
the full version (if that is the case; and I am pretty sure it is; then it
is indeed more impressive than GMail).

I also downloaded the open source server, once I understood better what
was happening, with the intention of trying it out.  However, it needs a
dedicated machine (or at least one that isn't already running servers for
IMAP, SMTP, SQL, etc).

Finally, some links:
http://www.zimbra.com/ - main site
http://www.zimbra.com/demos/zimbra_overview.html - a not very good intro
http://www.zimbra.com/community/ - open source
http://www.zimbra.com/products/hosted_demo.php - a demo

Andrew

Comment on this post