Packaging Giraffe

Giraffe is the free open source variant of the Zarafa Collaboration Platform packaged for Debian.


Current State

The packages are not available by the Debian repositories, the packaging process is not yet finished.

To Do


zarafa-server, ...


The origin of this list is provided by GuidoGünther in

Using KVM for testing

You probably wont use your current system to test the zarafa 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 oneliner. $ sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin 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 befor to continue start it. $ virsh -c qemu:///system net-autostart default The next calls maybe not really needed, but on the other hand it's no problem if the storage pools allreday 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 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 Downloads Next you can set up a install, for example based on the Jessie release amd64 and named jessie-amd64-zarafa.

$ RELEASE=jessie
$ NAME=zarafa
$ DIST=amd44
$ virt-install --connect=qemu:///system \
               --location=$RELEASE/main/installer\-$DIST \
               --initrd-inject=/path/to/preseed.cfg \
               --extra-args="auto" \
               --name $RELEASE-$DIST-$NAME --ram=512 \

This will install a image named 'jessie-amd64-zarafa.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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