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SME Server

Last Update: 2017-04-11 11:58 UTC


SME Server (known as e-smith at the time) was founded in January 1999 by Joseph and Kim Morrison. The company introduced the first version of its flagship software product, the e-smith server and gateway, in April 1999. By the end of the year, many thousands of e-smith servers were running in countries from Fiji to Finland. Word was spreading quickly among developers and systems integrators who needed a solid, easy-to-use server for their small-business customers. In July 2001, e-smith was acquired by Mitel Networks, but was later released as an open-source product under the GPL licence. In May 2013 a new not-for-profit organisation was set up to manage SME server. Due to copyright issues it was named Koozali SME Server Inc. The word "Koozali" approximates to Swahili for "rebirth". Future versions will use this name. The distribution, which is based on CentOS, is currently entirely funded by donations.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 243 (31), 6 months: 239 (34), 3 months: 229 (37), 4 weeks: 168 (47), 1 week: 277 (27)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 2 review(s).


SME Server Summary
Distribution SME Server (formerly e-smith)
Home Page http://www.smeserver.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.contribs.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums http://forums.contribs.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.contribs.org/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server:DownloadLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.contribs.org/
Related Websites SME Server FranceSME Server ItalyWikipedia
Reviews 8.x: DistroWatch
7.x: The Register
4.x: Linux Journal
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2015-12-10: Distribution Release: SME Server 9.1
 • 2015-11-03: Distribution Release: SME Server 8.2
 • 2015-10-03: Development Release: SME Server 9.1 Beta 3
 • 2015-03-30: Development Release: SME Server 9.1 Beta 1
 • 2014-06-30: Distribution Release: SME Server 9.0
 • 2014-05-13: Development Release: SME Server 9.0 RC1
 • 2014-04-12: Development Release: SME Server 9.0 Beta 4
 • 2014-02-28: Distribution Release: SME Server 8.1
 • 2014-01-28: Development Release: SME Server 9.0 Beta 3
 • 2014-01-15: Development Release: SME Server 8.1 Beta 3
 • 2013-11-10: Development Release: SME Server 9.0 Beta 2
 • 2013-10-15: Development Release: SME Server 9.0 Beta 1
 • More SME Server releases...

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Feature 9.2 8.2 7.6 6.0.1 5.6 4.1.2
Release Date 2017-04-11 2015-11-03 2012-05-27 2004-03-18 2003-01-15 2001-03-30
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free    
CDs 1 1 1 1 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- --
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3  
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes en, fr en, fr  
Asian Language Support id, ja, he, th, zh_CN, zh_TW id, ja, he, th, zh_CN, zh_TW zh_CN, th -- -- --
Full Package List   8.2 7.6      
Package 9.2 8.2 7.6 6.0.1 5.6 4.1.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.1 3.2 3.0 2.05a 2.05a 2.04
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- 9.2.1 9.2.1 8.2.3
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.1.1 3.0.5 3.0.1 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 2.0
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.41.12 1.39 1.35 1.27 1.27 1.18
firefox (53.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.7.1) 2.3.11 2.2.1 2.1.9 2.0.9 2.0.9 1.3.1
gcc (6.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.12 2.5 2.3.4 2.2.5 2.2.5 2.2
gnome-shell (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 0.97 0.97 0.95 -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.12) 2.24.23 -- -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.25) 2.2.15 2.2.3 2.0.52 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.10.13) 2.6.32 2.6.18 2.6.9 2.4.20 2.4.18 2.2.16
Package 9.2 8.2 7.6 6.0.1 5.6 4.1.2
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.5) 11.0.7 -- 6.8.2 -- -- --
mysql (5.7.18) 5.1.73 5.0.95 4.1.22 3.23.56 3.23.49 3.23.32
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 5.3p1 4.3p2 3.9p1 3.7.1p1 3.1p1 2.5.2p2
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.1e 0.9.8e 0.9.7a 0.9.6b 0.9.6b 0.9.5a
perl (5.24.1) 5.10.1 5.8.8 5.8.5 5.6.1 5.6.1 5.6.0
php (7.1.4) 5.3.3 5.3.3 4.3.9 4.1.2 4.1.2 4.0.3pl1
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.6.6 2.4.3 2.3.4 2.2.2 2.2 1.5.2
qt (5.8.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.6.3) 3.6.23 3.6.23 3.0.33 2.2.8a 2.2.5 2.0.7
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.0 6.3 6.1 6.1 5.7
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.17.4 -- -- -- -- --

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Version: 9.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-22
Votes: 0


Easy to install and get operating to provide Windows server abilities for domain login, file sharing, private folders, backup, email and many more services. Great user support via forums


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 9.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-16
Votes: 0


I use SME-Server for my personal purposes. I think it is quite reliable and easy to maintenance. Accessing it's services is easy. First release I used was 7.3. Primary use is my ftp-server for personal purposes. Only sad thing is that I am not nerd, so my script skills are not so good. That is why I cant install my Dropbox count in my home directory. Some reason it is installed in /root directory. It works, but it is in wrong place. Everything else is workin like it is promised. It runs also in my very old machine from 1998..I think SME is very good for many purposes.


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