For those of you who missed the first announcement, 16 new mail server apps are now in beta. You can get a big picture overview of these mail apps in the first announcement Zarafa and Mail Stack Beta 1. This second beta release is ready for real-world use. It is still a beta mind you, so the usual word of caution.
The ClearOS Mail Stack and Zarafa are ready for a first round of feedback from alpha testers. In February 2012, a prototype version of the Zarafa app was created. It was a bit too late in the ClearOS 6 release cycle, so Zarafa was set aside. Well, now that version 6 has been released, we can get back to Zarafa and the entire mail stack. There are 16 apps (!) involved in mail processing in ClearOS:
- Zarafa Community
- SMTP Server
- Mail Antispam
- Mail Antivirus
- Mail Settings
- Zarafa Extension - Zarafa mailbox state and quota when adding/editing a user
- Contact Extension - Extra contact information when adding/editing a user
- SMTP Server Plugin - SMTP Authentication state when adding/editing a user
In addition, the following libraries have been added. These apps do not appear in Marketplace or the web-based administration tool, but are important parts of the ClearOS mail stack:
- Mail Filter
- Mail Routing
- System Database
This initial release is intended for testers and developers. If you are looking to start running your Zarafa mail server in a live environment, please wait for another week or so.