Art Alexion on 8 Nov 2010 05:06:31 -0800

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On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 7:18 AM, Matt Mossholder <> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 6:08 AM, Art Alexion <> wrote:
>> Is Zimbra the server totally distinct from Zimbra the PIM client?
>> I tested the latter and saw no reason to continue using it.  I had
>> been using evolution for accessing an exchange 2003 server and it was
>> fantastic at implementing almost all of the features through the OWA
>> protocols.  When my employer switched to exchange 2007, evolution fell
>> apart.  So I tried using the Zimbra client.  The code may be open
>> source, but the client was Yahoo-branded with prominent UI reminders.
>> It didn't give me a reason to prefer it over Outlook via Firefox.

> The Zimbra client is actually just a slimed down version of the server
> running on each client. It's webmail running in a mozilla prism instance.
> The differences between the "client" and running the webmail interface are
> minimal.
> I ran both for while. The Yahoo! branding is part of the theme, and
> removable. The key thing to keep in mind is that the server is accessible
> using any client, not just the Zimbra one. As others have pointed out, all
> the access protocols are open, so you can get at the data using just about
> anything.

That, of course, is a good thing.

> If you are using Zimbra to try and replace the Outlook client,
> you're probably going to be disappointed.

I was.

> With regards to using Evolution to get to Exchange 2007, that should work
> again, as long as you don't need Outlook Anywhere (MAPI over HTTP) access.
> The evolution plugin is called evolution-mapi and is included in the newer
> distros.

I try it every once in a while.  Still pretty unstable to the point of
being potentially data destructive.  What works better for me is using
DavMail to access exchange and serve the data over standard
IMAP/LDAP/CalDav protocols.  Davmail is safe, but is sometimes hard to
configure for individual exchange servers.

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