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SME Server 8.0 Beta 6 Release Announcement
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:14:21 PM »
SME Server 8.0 Beta 6 Release Notes

August 20 2010

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of
SME Server 8.0beta6 which is based on CentOS 5.5 and will be the next
major release of SME Server. This is the final planned Beta for SME 8.

Bug reports and reports of potential bugs should be raised in the bug
tracker (and only there, please);


Testers Please Note the following...

1. SME Server users should not upgrade production servers to this
   release but those who can are encouraged to load the beta to a
   dedicated test machine and take part in the testing phase.

2. CentOS 5 has dropped support for i586 and therefore SME Server 8
   will not work on i586 hardware. [See bugzilla:2845]. i586 hardware
   means processors before and including Intel Pentium, Pentium MMX;
   AMD K5, K6, K6-II, K6-III and Via C3. i686 architecture processors
   are Intel Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III; AMD Athlon,
   Athlon XP and later.

3. Upgrading from previous releases should only be done on clean
   machines without contribs or other modifications.

4. Testers are now encouraged to test upgrade paths and to start testing
   contribs. They are not certain to work so only try on test servers.
   Please raise all issues found in the bug tracker.

5. Some notes on on SME 8 including help on upgrades can be found at

6. Please note it may take up to 48 hours for mirrors to finish syncing,
   during this time you may experience problems.
   You can download SME8.0 Beta 6 from
   or for other methods see http://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server_8


About SME Server

SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium

SME Server is freely available under the GNU General Public License and
is only possible through the efforts of the SME Server community.
However, the availability and quality of SME Server is dependent on
meeting our expenses, such as hosting costs, server hardware, etc.

As such, we ask for a small donation to offset costs and fund further

Please visit http://wiki.contribs.org/Donate to donate.

Thanks and a plea for help

The development team would like to thank all of those who have involved
themselves with this beta release. At this stage in development the role
of testers is vital; the final release date and the stability and
quality of the new version depend on full and thorough testing by all
levels of users, right from beginners who may be confused by, and draw
the developers attention to, insufficiently transparent system design,
up to seasoned and skilled users who can probe the system deeply. Bug
triage and verification testing needs lots of community involvement;
please try to spare some time to this vital aspect of our community's

This release, which is based on a major update of the Centos Core,
contains many new features. Please run Software Installer in Server
Manager regularly during testing to be sure your system reflects the
latest stage of development.

Major changes in beta 6
The policy is to stick with upstream updates unless there are compelling
reasons not to. The number of customers unable to run the software they
want because of the Samba and PHP versions constituted a compelling

Samba 3x:
The Samba packages have reverted to those provided by CentOS to simplify
the support needed. This version of samba provides support for Windows 7
domain logins.

Changes in this release

This section of this README file lists all package changes carried out
by SME-associated developers since SME Server 8.0 Beta 5.

The package changelogs often included earlier changes and changes
carried out by non-SME-associated developers; these were removed to
shorten the list. Packages recently altered by Centos, Redhat, and
Fedora-associated developers are not included.

- Restoring from a Workstation Backup showed a false failure.
- Workstation Backup emails include a To: header.
- Workstation Backup includes the system name and also indicates failure
  if applicable in the subject line of the email.
- Update backup instructions in server-manager.
- The Workstation Backup panel now removes leading and trailing spaces
  from the hostname.
- Fix removal of leading slash in storage location.
- The Workstation backup to USB panel no longer presents mounted disks.
- Only define Workstation Backup temporary directory once.
- Remove relocate_samba_file and all references to /etc/smbpasswd.

File Server
- Use samba3x package for windows 7 compatibility.
- Remove require strong key part of regedit file.
- Backup all the samba tdb files.
- Add dependency /usr/bin/tdbbackup.

- Add Chinese (Taiwan) language (zh_TW).
- Add Hebrew language (he).
- Fix translation of local nic string in console.
- Other fixes include updated translations for the existing languages.

Mail Server
- Disable by default the SMTP transparent proxy, however upgrades from
  sme7 will retain old default behavior where SMTP connections will be
  transparently proxied.
- Implement a database key (TlsBeforeAuth) to allow SMTP
  Authentication without TLS. The default remains to require TLS before
  Auth (introduced in SME 8Beta5).
- Update qpsmtpd to 0.84
- Config setting to enable SMTP to ISP Authentication Debug now uses
  enabled/disabled for clarity.
- Fix HeloHost patch.
- Remove cron.daily jobs that are no longer needed.
- Update email addresses on domain change.
- Work around how qpsmtpd tags spam email.

Server manager
- Improve the HTML formatting of the modify quota panel.
- Remove empty <p> tag from footer template.

Webmail and Groupware
- Updated to Horde 3.3.8
- Updated to imp 4.3.7
- Updated to Ingo 1.2.4
- Updated to Turba 2.3.4
- Add the ability to have a local LDAP Group Address book.
- Templated attributes.php to add ability to have multiple email
  values for a contact. Separate entries with a comma and a space.
- Update to freebusy info in sources.php
- Update to remove turbaContact info that SME is not using.

Web Server
- Default expose_php in php.ini to Off.

Other fixes and updates
- Handle no network interface scenario in console.
- Fix ldap-create errors when adding empty groups.
- The LDAP information for admin was not being updated.
- Don't try to save ibay password to LDAP.
- Do not allow pool.ntp.org as NTP server.
- Prepare for obsoletion of magic_quotes* when we supply PHP 5.3.0+
- Fix missing space causing errors parsing the iptables rules.
- Migrate MirrorList properties to sme8 repos.
- Remove BaseURL properties if migrating to sme8 repos.
- Remove yum databases and repodata if migrating to sme8 repos.
- Enable cpuspeed by default.
- Fix scriplet error in e-smith-service script when service is disabled.
- Allow use of CNAME in remote hosts.
- Add Obsoletes for php5-cgi-{imap,ldap,mysql,pear,xmlrpc}.

General features

- Based on CentOS 5.5 and all available updates

Ian Wells on behalf of the SME Server Development

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