As announced in Zimbra Collaboration 8.5 and reiterated in the Zimbra Collaboration 8.6 Release Notes, Zimbra is deprecating distribution and support of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11, service pack 3 and later, with Zimbra Collaboration 8.6 being the final supporting version.
Making an end-of-life (EoL) decision is never easy. In this situation, the number of Zimbra Collaboration downloads for RedHat Linux, CentOS Linux and Ubuntu have continued to increase, while downloads of SUSE Linux have decreased significantly.
The Zimbra Collaboration distribution package is currently undergoing major improvements to allow for easier upgrades and patching. Maintaining support for SLES throughout this re-packaging would be difficult. In order to simplify packaging and better support the most prominent Linux operating systems, we are officially announcing the deprecation of SLES for future releases of Zimbra Collaboration.
We apologize to customers on SLES 11 for any inconvenience this may cause; existing SLES packages will remain available for Zimbra Collaboration 8.6.
For customers who wish to move to RedHat Linux, CentOS Linux or Ubuntu, the Rolling Upgrade or rsync methods of migration can be utilized:
- Rolling Upgrades: http://wiki.zimbra.com/wiki/Rolling_Upgrades_for_ZCS
- rsync migration: http://wiki.zimbra.com/wiki/ZCS_to_ZCS_rsync_Migration
Please let us know if you have any questions.