This would be a huge fck up. I don't know what Zimbra people can do, I suppose not much. Yahoo could maybe GPL it to save technology, but I doubt it will happen. If this happens, it will have to be forked, maybe even by same team, starting with version 4.5x, which is, at least on the server side, MPL licensed.
Seems the best answer - unless Zimbra can be spun out of the Yahoo! before the purchase completes?
Timing is intriguing. I think Semel was always for a good working relationship with MS but a non supporter of a buyout. With Yahoo profits sliding, redundancies and other difficulties I suspect it will be a tempting offer. Zimbra would not survive that for long. MS have a long history of buy to kill.
I do really hope this isn't a case of told you so....
Actually that news freaked me out too, Microsoft would not want to compete with its own technology on a lot of different aspects, not only Zimbra. From IT standpoint between Yahoo! support for Zimbra, Freebsd PHP and all others .... this is not a good move .....
It's all over the news, do we kiss goodbye to Zimbra??
You can't help but think that this has negative tones for people thinking about investing in Zimbra. Even using the open source edition it would be a substantial undertaking/investment for our company to move from Exchange. It may be open source but that wouldn't stop MS pulling the plug if it wanted to. I would expect the small print to say that Zimbra couldn't be "transferred" elsewhere. After some considerable testing I was about to recommend Zimbra to the management but now I'm not so sure. I think this needs some sort of Statement from the management of Yahoo, Zimbra or whoever detailing the position.
MS do want to compete against Google so that's a pretty good reason to keep it.
Last edited by Mike Scholes; 02-01-2008 at 07:26 AM.