Today, we announced that Zimbra Collaboration Open Source Edition is moving to Open Source Initiative approved licenses. Specifically, we are moving to the GNU Public License version 2 for the server platform and the Common Public Attribution License version 1 for the web application. We’re absolutely excited about this change to usher in a new era of innovation within our open source community. You can view the Zimbra Open Source Edition License and FAQ at Zimbra.com.
Making our source code more accessible to a wide range of developers and community users has been our goal all along. We’ve made source access easier by enabling support for Git clients using Perforce Git Fusion. We’ve tweaked our contributor agreement to be more developer friendly. And now, we’ve made the switch to more commonly known and understood open source licenses.
Today, Zimbra has over 60,000 community members, over one million open source server downloads, and an estimated 600 million open source users in 135 countries. With our recent changes, we hope to expand our community participation, drive more innovation into Zimbra’s open source core, and improve the quality of Zimbra Collaboration for the millions of users around the world.
Along with this announcement, we’ve also launched a beta release of Zimbra Collaboration 8.5. I encourage everyone to try the Zimbra Collaboration 8.5 beta and give us your feedback in the community forums. Download the latest version of the beta software and begin using it today!