Packaging Kopano and related packages

Kopano is the free open source variant of the Kopano Collaboration Platform from Kopano packaged for Debian. Kopano is the renamed Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP) by Zarafa B.V. as a consequence started by a complete license change to AGPL started in 2015. Some parts are completely rewritten (like the archiver functions) and got integrated in the Kopano release from scratch.

Resources

Current State


libvmime


kopano-server, kopano-utils, kopano-dagent, ...

ToDo

Further possible improvements:

Done


kopano-webapp

ToDo

Done


z-push/d-push

The d-push packages (the de-branded Debian version of z-push) are outdated and were removed in testing. The license for z-push has been changed to AGPL3 by Zarafa/Kopano so the re-branding isn't needed any more and Debian can use the upstream names.

ToDo

Done

Roel van Meer is currently working on the z-push packages and has prepared version 2.3.7-1 that has entered experimental. https://github.com/roelvanmeer/z-push-packaging


The original source of this topics was long ago provided by GuidoG├╝nther in https://honk.sigxcpu.org/piki/agx/publications/2011-06-debian-groupware-zs.pdf.

There was also a talk given on the Zarafa Tour 2015 in Hannover (in German)Talk-Hannover-ZarafaTour2015.pdf. On the Kopano Conference in 2016 Guido was giving also a talk about the current state of Kopano in Debian.


Using KVM for testing

You probably wont use your current system to test the kopano packages and that's a good idea so far. KVM is a good alternative for testing because it's supporting snapshot mechanism for easy using and resetting of installations.

Installing needed KVM components

Installation is easy as it's simply a one liner.

$ sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm bridge-utils virt-manager virtinst

Further preparations

After this ensure you are a member of the group 'libvirt'

$ sudo usermod -aG libvirt [YOUR_USERNAME]

The virtual network adapter inside the libvirt environment is disabled per default so before to continue start it.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-autostart default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-start default

The next calls maybe not really needed, but on the other hand it's no problem if the storage pools already up, so just to throw possible issues away.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start boot-scratch

Installation of a virtual image

After the finishing of the preparation from above you can install a first image. The installation can be done as known done fully automated by a preseed file, Guido has prepared file preseed.cfg. Download the file for example to the 'Downloads' folder within your home directory.

$ wget -P $HOME/Downloads http://honk.sigxcpu.org/projects/libvirt/preseed/preseed.cfg

Next you can set up a install, for example based on the unstable release amd64 and named unstable-amd64-kopano.

$ RELEASE=unstable
$ NAME=kopano
$ DIST=amd64
$ virt-install --connect=qemu:///system \
               --cpu host \
               --os-variant linux \
               --location="http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/$RELEASE/main/installer-$DIST" \
               --initrd-inject=$HOME/Downloads/preseed.cfg \
               --extra-args="auto" \
               --name $RELEASE-$DIST-$NAME --ram=512 \
               --disk=pool=default,size=10,format=qcow2,bus=virtio

This will install a image named 'unstable-amd64-kopano.qcow2' with a size of 10GB under /var/lib/libvirt/images/. After the install the image will boot automatically.


Usage of KVM images

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