Z-Push in RPM Fusion

June 17, 2011 by Remon van Gijn   Comments (0)

Even more good things come to those who wait longer...25 months after the beginning Robert Scheck announced RPM Fusion is shipping Z-Push.

Z-Push is an Open Source implementation of the ActiveSync protocol which is used 'over-the-air' for multi-platform ActiveSync devices, including common Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android, Sony Ericsson and Nokia mobile devices.

RPM Fusion provides software that the Fedora Project or Red Hat does not ship for different reasons. That software is provided as precompiled RPMs for all current Fedora versions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; you can use the RPM Fusion repositories with tools like yum and PackageKit. So RPM Fusion is a merger of the repositories Dribble, Freshrpms, and Livna; with the goal to simplify end-user experience by grouping as much add-on software as possible in a single location.

 As Z-Push is being shipped by RPM Fusion, it is not included in Fedora, because Exchange ActiveSync is patented by Microsoft in several regions including the United States. Software which is legally encumbered, cannot be included in Fedora, because it conflicts with the Fedora foundations:


 To install Z-Push (in a simple setup) using the command line, execute the following as root:

   yum install zarafa-z-push


If you are just looking for Z-Push without any Zarafa integration, execute the following as root at the command line:

   yum install z-push


Please note, that in every case the repository RPM Fusion has to be enabled

before: http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration


Keep in mind, that RPM Fusion is available for Fedora as well as for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and derivates like CentOS. So if you enable the RPM Fusion repository on a RHEL server, you will always have a fully up-to-date z-push in your productive environment when you run "yum update" regulary.


For some more information about Zarafa at Fedora and ways of communication between Zarafa users, administrators and developers at Fedora, please have a look to the Fedora wiki page: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Zarafa




Robert Scheck is a valued and certified Zarafa advanced Engineer, Zarafa Ambassador, Fedora Ambassador, Fedora Mentor and Fedora Packager. With the assistance of community and Zarafa he has coordinated the adoption and packaging of Z-push in RPM Fusion.