A New Year, a New Zimbra

Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 GA came out today or was it yesterday / last year? After reading the release notes(PDF) and doing a complete backup, I upgraded both my work and personal Zimbra servers. I have been using Zimbra for as my work and personal email server for... oh... something close to two years now. Over that time there have been a number of upgrades and they have always gone smoothly.

What's new with Zimbra 5.0?

Well, you could read the release notes to see, but I'll give a brief summary of some of the things that stand out in my mind:

  • Briefcase - A file storage area with a nice file manager
  • Tasks - Create to-do lists and manage tasks through to completion
  • Instant Messaging - Beta - User to user chat
  • More sharing - Mail folders can be shared, new HTTP calendar sharing, share Briefcase files
  • Documents - Now out of beta... online text and spreadsheet documents
  • Faster login - They split up the javascript into functional pieces so you don't have to load everything at login time
  • Little touches - folder summaries, public or private calendar entries, updated help system, email priorities, enhanced tagging, and automatic http to https redirection

First episode of Firefly?

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There's some new service named hulu that seems to be backed by the bigwigs in Hollywood or something. Oddly enough, they are allowing for embedding of full episodes on user's websites and this is a test.

I've seen the entire Firefly series (part of a first season that was cut short by cancellation) and it is quite good. Enjoy this first episode.

Alan Cox and the state of free software


Found this on the Red Hat Magazine site and wanted to help it get wider distribution so here it is. You know who Alan Cox is, right?

Bob Young on Richard Stallman


Bob Young was one of the original founders of Red Hat... but he left Red Hat some time ago to establish Anyway, Bob gave a speech back in Oct. 2007 from which I took this little clip... where he discusses our hero Richard Stallman. Enjoy.

Kalispell Users Group???

All -

I am quite interested in starting / sponsoring a Kalispell area linux user group. Any interest from the community? Also - any assistance/advice from the other Montana chapters would be awesome!



Numerous Linux positions open up in Kalispell

Hey all,

Hope you don't mind the info - but there are numerous Linux positions open up in Kalispell. We are looking for system engineers, developers and a DBA.

Drop me a line if you are interested or stop by the company website at



PowerShot S2 IS in Linux

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I have a Canon S2 IS camera. It is a mid-level camera which I am happy with. In my resent family migration to full throttle Linux this past month; I have been the only one to have fired up XP one time to access pictures from this camera. Back in Fedora Core 6 and I think even up to resent kernel updates, I was able to mount my camera. The PowerShot S2 is not a mass storage device so you can't just mount it to get the pictures. Instead it uses the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP).

The Hell with HP

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Last summer I had it with HP support. My first dealings with them proved to be successful back in 2006, but something terrible has happened since. My brother who lives in Oregon needed help with getting his HP PC up and running after it had been infested with "Internets". I felt bad that I instructed him to to re-partition his box without checking with him first if he had his OEM cd's. Okay... secretly I wanted to get him to use those LiveCD's I sent him the year prior; just kidding, but that was what was left for him at that time.

What browser do you use?

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Moving along to something completely different, what browser(s) do you use. I have read about the tremendous demands that Firefox makes on the system, and I believe that is why my Linux box seems to bog down when I am browsing about. What are you using? What are your experiences with the various browsers out there.


Chuck McGuire

Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith.
Say little but say it well.

What help is available for beginners?


Training materials for new users has been a topic of discussion lately... especially with the renewed claim that, "2008 will be the year of the Linux desktop" and the seeming rise of Ubuntu as a distribution for new users.

Judy recently wrote to us:

Learning Linux

I just wanted to thank, I believe it was Scott and Warren for turning me to Chess Griffin's Podacsts. I have listened to the first 12 so far and am understanding more with each one. Sometimes I have to listen to a podcast twice to get it. I am very computer illiterate, however I am beginning to understand some of the jibberish Ken used to talk about. Bodhi is doing an adult education class in January as well. With what I am learning from Chess will help me with that class.

Thanks again for you help and patience,

You are welcome Judy. Thanks to Charles Griffin for the Linux Reality podcasts. The rest of this posting deals with what training materials are out there and discusses an opportunity for us to give back to the Linux community.

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