for the post above please read the below response from zimbra CEO
To Our Customers
I think this was needed, I have just downloaded 5.0.2 and will be continuing with Zimbra as planned.
I truly belive even if Yahoo is bought by MS..zimbra OSS will live on..
Under What License?
Who will run it?
All those questions I guess will be answered when time comes..so truly i donít see any reason for OSS community and people who using OSS version to really freak out just yet.
Just my thoughts ..I have been member of Zimbra OSS since 2005 and Zimbra guys are really dedicated and they will do whatís best for OSS Zimbra as itís there baby
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A policy that includes fine print which mentions things like "we may never delete your data, even after you close your account".
No matter what will appens in the near future, nor in the long, who is now evaluating zimbra to change his mail server, will switch to a different product or project and this isn't good for zimbra, for yahoo nor for MS.
I think that for the business to continue while Yahoo's board or the antitrust or everyone else decide the zimbra server has to go fully GPL while the zimbra client (web interface) can remain YPL.
Perhaps I'm daft; But I don't understand what all the fuss is all about.
For example look at this part of the license:
1.5 - This Agreement does not limit Your right to distribute files that are entirely Your own work (i.e., which do not incorporate any portion of the Software and are not Modifications) under any terms You choose.
This is way more liberal then the GPL !
So why is this logo part such a big deal ?
Although, yep, it is nice to have at least this kind of freedoms and opened source.
If an organization is very concerned with privacy and control of its data, all hosted alternatives will be poor choices. The language in Google's policy is typical of all hosted providers (including many of Zimbra's, which I have personally reviewed) and exists to limit their liability in the routine care of the data they host.
Zimbra will remain a great choice for admins choosing to operate their own mail server, provided that Microsoft does not kill it.
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