Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) is an open source unified network server software package (or a Unified Network Platform) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Zentyal can act as a Gateway, Network Infrastructure Manager, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Unified communications Server or a combination of them. Besides, Zentyal includes a development framework to ease the development of new Unix based services.
The project’s source code is available under terms of the GNU General Public License, as well as under a variety of proprietary agreements. Zentyal is owned and sponsored by a single for-profit firm, the Spanish company eBox Technologies S.L., which holds the copyright to the codebase.
Zentyal (eBox Platform) development was first published in 2005 as an open-source, collaborative project of two companies. On 16 November 2006 Zentyal (eBox Platform) was officially approved as a NEOTEC project, receiving public funds from the CDTI (a Spanish public organisation, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism) to complete the development of version 1.0. Zentyal (eBox Platform) was first included in Ubuntu in 2007, in the Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 3, the third alpha release of Ubuntu 7.10. The first stable release candidate of Zentyal (eBox Platform 1.0) was published in 2008.
Open source components
Zentyal is composed of open source software packages, mostly written in Perl:
- Apache web server
- mod_perl CGI engine
- OpenLDAP shared users and groups
- OpenSSL cryptography
- netfilter/iptables firewall and NAT
- BIND DNS server
- Squid proxy server and web cache
- DansGuardian content-control software
- Postfix mail transfer agent
- XMPP instant messaging
- ntpd clock synchronization
- OpenVPN virtual private network
- Samba shared storage and PDC for Windows clients
- CUPS shared printers
- APT software installation and upgrade
- Asterisk VOIP services
- Snort network intrusion detection system
- Zarafa or eGroupWare calendar sharing, address book, and webmail
- Dovecot IMAP and POP3 server