[pkg-kolab] status of kolab in debian

Mathieu Parent math.parent at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 20:48:08 UTC 2009


On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM, Gavin McCullagh <gavin.mccullagh at gcd.ie> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> if you don't mind, I have a couple of questions about the status of Kolab
> in Debian.
Welcome in the pkg-kolab mailing list! (a quiet one)

> We have a Mandrake CS3 install here running Kolab which is about to run out
> of support.  While there have been some minor annoying issues with Kolab 1
> (32-bit quotas, one or two security mistakes), it has broadly been fairly
> stable and reliable so we're looking at moving on to a new server with
> Kolab 2 or at least (cyrus2.2 + openldap + postfix).  I'll probably add a
> caldav implementation in by hand.

This is interresting. kolab doesn't support CalDAV but with kronolith,
it support ical (http://wiki.horde.org/KronolithICal). more
information about this should probably be asked on kolab-users or
kolab-devel (see kolab.org).

Why do you need CalDAV? If this is for PDA, there is a new ActiveSync
connector for Kolab which may interrest you.

Also not that Kolab 2 format is not based on CalDAV but on XML.

> Most of our servers are either Debian or Ubuntu so we'd rather go with one
> of those for the new server.  We would definitely prefer to use
> distribution packages to a source compile which we have to monitor and
> apply security patches to (not to mention the 64-bit quota patch).
> It appears kolab has been in Debian since at most 2006 but the Kolab
> developers don't seem to suggest using it.  Are many people using it in big
> environments?  Is it stable?  As this stuff is just in Universe on Ubuntu
> it seems that Debian might be the smarter choice for this.  Would that be
> right?
The reference packaging method is OpenPKG, (see

The native Debian port aims to reach the same level of features. I
think we reached this for the server part. The ubuntu port has some
bugs (mostly in kolab-webadmin).

The web client is still a long way to reach OpenPKG version, but has
newer Horde versions. I hope this will be reached before the release
of Horde 4.

All info is here: http://wiki.kolab.org/index.php/Debian_-_natively.

I will deploy Kolab from Debian packages for 300+ mailboxes in first
semester 2010.

> We have about 500 users (a broad mix of intensive and occasional users) and
> growing.  The old server seems to deal with that reasonably well.
> Many thanks in advance,
> Gavin
> --
> Gavin McCullagh


Mathieu Parent

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