I have build backported zabbix 1.8 packages (agent and server) for Ubuntu Karmic. They can be downloaded here.
Status of various ssl/tls services can be easily checked with openssl command s_client.
There is change in zabbix-agent version 1.8, disk free space is returned in bytes. See ‘Free disk space bug‘ in zabbix forum. This can cause problems when you want to use same template for debian lenny system with 1.8 zabbix-agents from backports and some still not upgraded etch systems. Backported 1.8 zabbix-agent for etch can be helpfull – you can find it here.