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Zeta Alliance Weekly Call Summary

Postby rleiker » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:45 pm

Hello Zimbra Community,

My name is Randy Leiker (Skyway Networks). Along with Mark Stone (Mission Critical Email) and David Merrill (Otelco), we have volunteered to begin posting summaries of the weekly Zeta Alliance (https://zetalliance.org) conference calls to the Zeta Alliance mailing list and the Zimbra Forum here. The goal is to increase involvement of the Zimbra community by inviting more participation in the weekly conference calls, discussion on the Zeta Alliance mailing list, or discussion on the Zimbra Forum here.

Since this is a new volunteer effort, we may experiment a bit with the format of this summary in the coming months to make this information useful for everyone interested in all things Zimbra related. Constructive feedback on this effort is welcome, as we are open to ideas.

The Zeta Alliance weekly conference calls every Tuesday are open to anyone using either the FreeConferenceCall.com VoIP app or via a dial-in number: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/zetalliance

January 7, 2020 Conference Call Summary

New Agenda Format
Cine presented a new format for the weekly call agenda document, featuring these sections:

• Current Action Items (topics the Zeta Alliance is currently working on)
• Today’s Topics (topics that we discussed on today’s conference call)
• Last Week’s Topics (topics that we discussed during last week’s conference call)
• Past Topics (topics discussed 2 or more weeks ago)

As usual each call agenda will be posted here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uUU ... Ww2fY/edit

Zimbra 8.8.15 Patch 5
Barry mentioned that the Java version has changed to Java 13 in Zimbra 8.8.15 Patch 5. With this change, it has created problems for Zimbra installs with out-of-date Zimbra extensions (jar files in /opt/zimbra/lib/ext, including OpenZAL from Zextras). Out-of-date Zimbra extensions, after installing Patch 5, will result in varying problems such as:
• “NETWORK ERROR” messages
• No login screen for the Zimbra Web Client
• The Zimbra Admin UI may be unavailable
• zmprov CLI commands may not work

Barry recommends ensuring that you have the latest Zimbra extensions installed before installing Patch 5.

New Zimbra Article Repo
Cine described a new article repository for adding Zimbra related topics. Cine plans to write an introductory article that will outline the basic steps needed for anyone in the community to post content to the article repo. The intent is to use this repo as a convenient location for storing helpful Zimbra tips that come up during the weekly conference calls.

Sharing Calendars for Mobile Sync
Noah asked about the best way to share calendars for syncing on mobile devices via the Zimbra Web Client. Cine shared some helpful tips regarding how to share calendars for mobile sync and sharing permission pitfalls to avoid.

Clean-up of Old Call Topics
Cine asked everyone on the conference call to review the January 7th agenda and to strike through items that are no longer current issues so further clean-up of the agenda document can take place for later calls.

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Re: Zeta Alliance Weekly Call Summary

Postby rleiker » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:12 pm

Hello Zimbra Community,

Here is a summary of this week’s conference call. A few brief reminders:

January 14, 2020 Conference Call Summary

New Zeta Alliance Article Repo
Cine reported that he has the new Zeta Alliance article repo (TravisCI) up and running. He is currently working on finishing the first article describing how to post to the new article repo, along with establishing organization for new articles. A URL for the new article repo will be provided in a future call summary.

John W. asked if the new article repo is a replacement for Zimbra Wiki & Zimbra documentation. Cine explained that the Wiki has been difficult to add or edit due to legacy permissions issues, so the new article repo is intended as a supplement with the goal of eventually merging information in the new article repo back in to the Zimbra Wiki & documentation later on.

Zimbra Wiki Update Requests
John H. suggested that updates to the Zimbra Wiki can be requested by posting a note on the Zeta Alliance mailing list where one or more Zimbra employees will try to keep a watch for these requests. Alternatively, for customers with support contracts with Zimbra, Wiki updates can also be requested by opening support requests.

Zimlet Development and Zimbra Wiki Updates
Barry reported that:

Misinformation About Zimbra 8.8.15 & Zimbra X
John W. reported that the #zimbra IRC channel was being used by some to distribute misleading information about 8.8.15 already being end-of-life & no longer supported, which requires an immediate upgrade to Zimbra X when it becomes available, which is untrue. John suggested that more messaging from Synacor about the road map and status of 8.8.15 and a Zimbra X would be of help in minimizing misinformation that is being spread. Zimbra 8.8.15 is currently supported through the end of 2023, as described near the bottom of this page: https://www.zimbra.com/support/support- ... lifecycle/

Mark S. said that he too has also had some of his customers reach out to him asking if Zimbra 8.8.15 is still supported, and if they should hold on any Zimbra license purchases until Zimbra X is available. Mark agreed with John W. that Synacor should consider doing more to push out more guidance about the Zimbra version roadmap.

Synacor Staff Changes
John H. confirmed that Rene Otto (former Zimbra product manager) left Synacor in late December for a new post with another organization. Steve Davey is the interim product manager. John said that he has been told that more Zimbra product guidance is expected to be coming out by the end of next month (February).

Zimbra 8.8.15 Patch 6 Released January 13th

Personas bug in 8.8.15 Patch 5
Mark S. reported that the send-as feature for personas in 8.8.15 P5 and possibly P6 seems to be broken, likely due to the upgrade to OpenJDK 13 in P5. Barry suggested a workaround for this issue may be to downgrade the OpenJDK version, but said that he couldn’t personally reproduce this reported bug in 8.8.15 P5. For more info: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=67507&hilit=broken+personas

Zimbra Connect Bug in 8.8.15 Patch 4 and 5
Mark S. reported a bug with the auto-complete feature when creating a new conversation. Cine said this bug is fixed in 8.8.15 P6.

Phishing Training Tools
Cine suggested some resources for anti-phishing training for end users:
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/busines ... z/phishing

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