I've been using Zimbra for some time now, and I wonder what would it take to build a general Zimbra package for distros. After all, most of the software used by Zimbra are available from distro repositories, and making a package out of it, will allow far more people to use Zimbra, and with more users, things normally get better. More users will attract more developers et cetera. This can probably be done quite easily with the help from the Zimbra.com developers, but then, it seems to me they don't want this, for reasons unknown. My post to this forum earlier today about moving MySQL out of the Zimbra box concludes with the same (phoenix answered The simple answer is, you can't. Zimbra is designed and installed as a complete package (the packages are tuned for the requirements of Zimbra) and should be installed on a server without any other applications running on it.). The answer about Zimbra being "tuned for the requirements..." doesn't make sense. Large scale databases are always installed on separate machines to have that piece of hardware do its stuff the best way. Other parts of Zimbra can also be moved apart to make things scale better.
So could we take this discussion about whether or not to allow for scaling Zimbra better? It probably won't hurt the Zimbra commercial parts, since most of the people paying for Zimbra relies on support and closed products.