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    Default G4/G5 Macs

    I know that this is probably futile, but I'll ask anyway. Would you (Yahoo/Zimbra) consider making a MacOSX version for the G4/G5 platforms available? There are millions of these machines out there, and unlike Windows platforms, they never quit working. I am writing this from a 10 year old PowerBook G4, and at my office, I use an equally ancient G4 PowerMac in preference to a glitzy 3 GHz Dell PC that the company would prefer I use. I think there are a LOT of people like me out here. Please consider supporting us.

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    Justin Harlow

    PS: I used the ZCS open source server/client edition on G4 Macs for years, and was really looking forward to using this new client.

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    There's not much hope of that occurring. Zimbra HQ drag their heels a bit on supporting the latest versions of OSX on Intel CPU's so outdated PPC kit is way off their radar. As a company they need to fund development of the new OS/distro's that paying customers demand rather than back-fililng every OS/distro combination out there for the community - if you release something there's a cost, even if it's unsupported (you always have to support it in some way). The array of OS/distro combinations and the level of assistance that goes into the OSE is already pretty decent if you consider that.

    NB: There is an officially unofficial source for Zimbra PPC builds located here Browse Zimbra Community Builds & Projects Files on SourceForge.net but they're always a few builds behind the current (latest is 5.0.14). ISTR reading somewhere (on here possibly) that the PPC builds posted there were contributed by a Zimbra staffer who ran his own server on an early Mac mini and re-compiled them to suit his own needs once in a while, but if that's the case he clearly doesn't run upgrades on his own server too often I've used the 5.0.14 build on an elderly 1.3GHz/1GB/40GB G4 Mac mini a couple of times to make an emergency mail server when things have conspired to make my normal one unreachable. Startups and service start/stops were dog slow but it ran fine once it got going.

    Christian

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