Most users don't see this forum
I had an intern that went to Eastern Illinois University and they have Zimbra for their email. They have a huge mail box count per admin. Lets face it, most users don't read this forum and most don't even care. I still have to explain the difference between ram and hd to the VP. (Hey to get his laptop to redraw, I just shake it and it erases the lines. I might have to upgrade him to an Etch-a-sketch 2.0 soon :)
More importantly, if M$ were to buy Yahoo and Zimbra were to open source everything, would you be willing to support Zimbra development with your time? The people that read these forums are going to be the most likely to support a Zimbra fork with their development time and have or could easily get the technical know how to do that.
What are you really proposing?
I got to seriously ask you what you are proposing then?
For M$ not to buy Yahoo? And if they do, for M$ not to kill off Zimbra? I had signed the petition for IBM to release OS/2 as open source. That failed. Maybe you might get a couple hundred signatures. Do you think old Billy Boy in Redmond cares about a couple hundred signatures? Will Zimbra go the way of OS/2?
eWeek had an article on this a few weeks ago with a few scenarios:
1) M$ continues to develop Zimbra
2) M$ lets Zimbra die off or
3) merges it with Sharepoint/Exchange
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The article goes into talking about Zimbra being forked by the community.
Now here is the thing, Zimbra is based on many open source products. The open source version is released in the Yahoo Public License which is a variant of the Mozilla Public License. Would someone care to elaborate on a forking of Zimbra and what that means according to the YPL?
I see this as an issue with any quasi open source company that sells a "professional version" of their product that is not open source.
ie: Asterisk and their "Business Edition", Zenoss and their Professional Edition, ...