Open Source Collaboration Leader Zimbra Now Available on Ubuntu Linux Zimbra, Canonical Ltd. offer full support for Zimbra Network Edition



    SAN MATEO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today, users of
 Ubuntu, the fastest growing Linux distribution, now have a solution for
 open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration with the general
 availability of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition for Ubuntu,
 the companies have announced.
     The Zimbra Collaboration Suite -- a premier, enterprise-grade email and
 collaboration solution -- now supports the wildly popular Ubuntu version
 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support) from Canonical Ltd., an operating system
 designed to be the ideal platform for enterprises seeking better stability
 and longer guaranteed support horizons. The combined offering provides
 organizations a cost-effective solution featuring a best-of-breed
 experience, effortless administration, regular updates and top-tier
 support.
     "Zimbra offers Ubuntu users the ability to quickly, easily and securely
 collaborate in their work environment," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
 the Ubuntu Project. "It is the most cost-effective way to run a mission
 critical communication application today."
     "We have seen an overwhelming anticipation for Ubuntu from our
 community members. Now demand has exploded in the form of tens of thousands
 of downloads, more community participation, and new inquiries from
 companies already using our Network Edition." said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO of
 Zimbra. "Together, Zimbra and Ubuntu form a strong partnership because we
 each boast thriving, passionate communities and are equally committed to
 providing users with desktop and server freedom of choice."
     The release of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition on Ubuntu
 will offer Zimbra users enterprise level functionality in an easy-to-use
 package. The new support will benefit users and developers alike; end users
 will have extended freedom of choice on the desktop and developers will be
 able to tap into the vast network of the Ubuntu community. Those running
 Ubuntu on the desktop will now also be able to take advantage of Zimbra
 Desktop, a complete AJAX-based collaboration client with offline
 capability.
     "For a small business looking for innovative ways to increase worker
 satisfaction and productivity while lowering overall costs, the combination
 of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and Ubuntu Linux is ideal - after 15
 years of running Windows Servers, we've finally found a great reason to
 switch to open source," said Steve Blackmore, IT Director at
 TotalHockey.net. "Zimbra and Ubuntu each have amazingly active forums,
 which are ideal for answering basic questions and reduce time wasted on
 troubleshooting. They function as an extension of my team and drastically
 reduce our total cost of ownership."
     "We host over 10,000 users on legacy systems, and they have been
 demanding for a more flexible solution with a great user interface which we
 have found in Zimbra", said Christian Orellana, IT Director of CABO
 Communications A/S. "Ubuntu is our preferred operating system because it is
 so robust and easy to maintain. Zimbra announcing Ubuntu support was the
 tipping point for us to become a partner."
     Pricing and Availability
     The Zimbra Desktop Alpha is now available as a free download from
 www.zimbra.com/desktop, and works with the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS)
 4.5+.
     The ZCS 4.5 Open Source Edition is free. The commercially-supported ZCS
 Network Edition is available for a 60-day free trial on the Zimbra Website.
 ZCS 4.5 Network Edition pricing starts at $25/mailbox/year for a minimum of
 25 users for the Standard Edition, which includes product support as well
 as software subscriptions to new releases, updates and patches. Additional
 discounts are available for larger organizations.
     ZCS is available on-premise or as a hosted service; for information
 about Zimbra deployment as a service or Zimbra's hosting partner program,
 please visit http://www.zimbra.com/partners/. Users can discuss topics
 related to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and provide feedback at
 http://www.zimbra.com/forums/.
     About Zimbra
     Zimbra is the leading provider of open source messaging and
 collaboration software for enterprises, service providers, educational
 institutions, and government agencies. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite
 features an AJAX Administrative user interface and browser based client to
 dramatically improve the messaging and collaboration experience for
 administrators and end users alike. Zimbra supports Windows, Apple, and
 Linux desktops and works natively with Microsoft Outlook as well as today's
 most essential mobile devices including the Blackberry, Treo and Motorola
 Q. Additionally, Zimbra supports popular server operating systems such as
 Red Hat, Mac, Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora and more. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite
 was voted Best Enterprise Project in the inaugural 2006 SourceForge.net
 Community Choice Awards, received a SIIA Codie award for Best Communication
 or Collaboration Solution and won InfoWorld's 2007 Application Innovator
 Technology of the Year Award. More information and software downloads are
 available at http://www.zimbra.com/.
     About Canonical and Ubuntu
     Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is headquartered in Europe
 and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open
 source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial
 support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and
 partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the
 most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the
 world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to
 distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most
 widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source
 software ecosystem. For more information visit www.canonical.com or
 www.ubuntu.com.
     Media Contact:
     Liz Clinkenbeard
     OutCast Communications
     (415) 392-8282
     liz@outcastpr.com
 
 

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