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    Default Portable Version?

    It would be really nice if there were a portable version (self contained) that I could put on my memory stick as I use multiple computers & I'm not allowed to install anything on the work computer & it's rude to install on every friend's computer.

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    feel free to file an RFE, however there are multiple hurddles to overcome to do this. if you unplug the memory stick in the middle of using the software, the data can become inconsistent and no longer usable.

    which email client can do this today?

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    Default Portable Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by jjzhuang View Post
    feel free to file an RFE, however there are multiple hurddles to overcome to do this. if you unplug the memory stick in the middle of using the software, the data can become inconsistent and no longer usable.

    which email client can do this today?
    Hi

    I agree, there is a risk of data damage if the user just remove the memory stick... but this risk already exists anyway and the users knows about it. I think this is a minor issue, if compared to the benefits of a portable edition.

    BTW: Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives

    Regards from Brasil,
    Renato.

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    You know, you could always just use a Zimbra server and access the web client

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    Quote Originally Posted by y@w View Post
    You know, you could always just use a Zimbra server and access the web client
    Yep, I can ... when there is internet connectivity.

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    Haha yeah, I just couldn't pass up the irony

    There is actually a plugin for Thunderbird to sync contacts with Zimbra. You could install that with your portable Thunderbird. Doesn't really help with calendars, etc.. I would agree that a portable version of Zimbra Desktop would be nice, but I'd hate to have my email on a flash drive only to get stolen.. Which leads me to another question: Is it possible to password-protect Zimbra Desktop? I know you could put it on an encrypted filesystem, but the ability to secure the data at rest would be nice to go hand-in-hand with the portable offline client.

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    application level data encryption has been requested, but will not be in 1.0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjzhuang View Post
    application level data encryption has been requested, but will not be in 1.0.
    Hi,

    Personally, I would prefer a Zimbra Desktop client with focus on it's main function.

    I think it's a better approach to focus on the software's true mission, without bloating it with functions that could be well provided by some partners.

    For example: my pendrive has a 3Gb TrueCrypt volume where I keep all those information-sensitive portable apps like FTP Clients with some saved passwords, my personal documents, my Thunderbird Portable with off-line/downloaded messages and so on.

    If I needed to rely on individual security methods provided by every software, I would have to remember many different passwords, or trust that all those different security methods are good enough to protect the same shared password. This way, for my security and encryption needs I prefer to trust in TrueCrypt and/or GnuPG, and not the native security functions that are secondary functions on the many softwares I use.

    Regards,
    Renato.

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    Default Portable Edition

    I made a portable edition of zimbra desktop 1.0

    Why wan't you allow me to publish it
    it is your software i have not made any changesto the code ...
    at least let me post how to make a portable edition
    Last edited by nxllpo; 02-07-2009 at 07:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nxllpo View Post
    I made a portable edition of zimbra desktop 1.0

    Why wan't you allow me to publish it
    it is you software i have not made anything to the code ...
    at least let me post how to make a portable edition
    Nobody is stopping you posting any information in the forums, what is the problem you're having?
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