Ok, so maybe I'm the only person on earth who wants to do this with Zimbra.
I want to set up a Zimbra server, in my house, for myself and a few other family members. I could use Horde/IMP, or phpGroupware, or Citadel, and I've tried out several of them. But I really like the whole AJAX thing that Zimbra's got going on. Outlook support is a killer for me, though, and now that I just picked up a Blackjack the ability to sync wirelessly would be nice too. (I can probably give up Outlook, if I have to.) The Exchange server I am running via a personal Small Business Server will do that for me... but I really don't want to run Exchange anymore. (Shitty support for multiple identities...)
Ok, so I can use the Open Source edition. I understand that. But Open Sourcers don't seem to have any way of connecting Outlook, or their handhelds, to Zimbra. Just pretty AJAXy web interface and that's about it.
So, then, I was like, "well, maybe I can get hosted Zimbra for myself for cheap." No biggie, right? I pay 1&1 $9 a month for an insane amount of web and mailspace, I figure someone can give me a Network-licensed, Outlook and mobile capable account for a couple bucks a month. I'd pay for that... but instead the best offer I can find is $16+ a month, from a company who's website looks a little dubious. I'm not quite sure if I want to pay $200 a year plus setup for this.... especially when
So, seriously, what gives? I understand that there are very few people out there that have the knowledge and wherewithal to set this up, but the fact is the only way I can get MAPI and mobile sync is with the Network edition... and for that you've got to pay through the roof for users you won't even use.
So, any way individual consumers might be able to snag a sweet network copy? I understand the concerns: businesses might abuse it, difficult to police, and what-have-you. But I can see an interesting future: sell tech-set families Zimbra packaged in a copy of VMWare Server, pre-installed and ready to go on their new Windows Home Server systems, or, hell, even a spare desktop. (Vista Ultimate RTL gives users an extra server license.) Give the parents Outlook connectivity and the kids the ability to sync their iPhones or whatever to their email while out on the road...
Or, any decent Zimbra hosting providers that give plenty of space without breaking the bank?