Make the Zimbra Desktop Your Email and Social Desktop

by Jack Wallen

When Zimbra is talked about in the open source community, it usually means someone is talking about the open source groupware server that waits in the background to overtake Exchange. That may be the case, but there is another Zimbra tool that should be on the lips of anyone looking for a great email/social client. That tool? Zimbra Desktop.

Zimbra Desktop, according to the Zimbra site, “allows you to meld the online and offline worlds — storing and syncing your email, calendar, contacts, files and documents in the cloud, yet having them locally accessible when on the road.” That is a very apt description. And although it may seem Zimbra is a breeze to install and set up, there are some tricks that you need to know in order to get it up and running and configured for your accounts. That’s exactly what we are going to do today: Get Zimbra Desktop on your Linux machine and configured for both email and social networking.

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