Univention Corporate Server 5.0-1 released

The first point release of UCS 5.0 brings further important features and rounds off the major release from May 2021. The announced Light Theme is now available as an alternative for the user interface. There are improvements in the UCS Portal and App Center, and a number of other apps are now available for UCS 5.0.

UCS 5 design in Light Theme

With the release of UCS 5.0, Univention announced a Light Theme as an alternative to the Dark Theme configured by default and released it as an errata update in mid-September. Administrators can enable the Light Theme globally for all users on a UCS system via UCR variable. Details and help for switching the theme for the UCS web interface can be found in the UCS manual.

UCS Portal improvements

Univention have implemented a whole range of improvements for the UCS Portal in the last few months. I would particularly like to highlight the improvements for accessibility. The portal can now also be operated and edited entirely using a keyboard.

For more individualisation and usability, portal users can arrange their tiles individually themselves. And UCS administrators can now also assign certain tiles to user groups, so that only users who are in the corresponding user group will see the tile.

Many improvements happened at the detail level, for example:

  • Improved layout behavior when using the portal on mobile devices
  • Customization of the cookie banner to the portal layout
  • New handling for text translations of tiles
  • Improved performance for drag-and-drop actions on tiles

App Center: Handling App Settings

For app developers, there have been some improvements in the App Center. I would like to highlight the App Settings area. Apps can request configuration settings from administrators via App Settings, which are passed to the app.

There was an issue with the timing of evaluating App Settings and passing it to the app. To work around it, containerized apps often reinitialized their containers during installation. With the improvement in the App Center, this is no longer necessary.

User accounts: Time-controlled activation

Administrators can specify an activation date when creating a new user account. User accounts with an activation date in the future are deactivated after creation and are only activated on this date. Thus, user accounts can be created in advance and UCS automatically takes care of the staggered activation.

User creation wizard

For the creation of users, there is a wizard in UCS that asks for all the required information.

Administrators can specify additional attributes as required for a user account in addition to those already required, such as last name, user name, and password, for example, the email address.

As soon as additional attributes are defined, they are now also displayed in the UCS 5.0-1 wizard when users are created. This guarantees that administrators can also assign customized values for these attributes and not only the default values are used.

Apps for UCS 5.0: More apps available from UCS 4.4

Since the release of UCS 5.0, more apps have been added, which are already available for UCS 4.4.

  • Let’s Encrypt
  • OX App Suite
  • Rocket.Chat
  • OpenID Connect Provider
  • Relution
  • m23

Release Notes

The complete list of all improvements and bug fixes for UCS 5.0-1 can be found in the release notes.


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(This article is based on original articles by Nico Gulden on the Univention site).