Smoothwall Express 3.1 Release Candidate 3 available for testing

Smoothwall Express Community - 23 July 2013Smoothwall

Today we have released the Smoothwall Express 3.1 Release Candidate #3 Installation CD (iso image) for widespread testing and bug squashing.

This new CD contains Smoothwall Express 3.1, a refresh of version 3.0. Numerous latent and hard-to-reproduce bugs in 3.0 were eliminated during development. Updated runtime software includes linux 3.4, glibc 2.14.1, binutils 2.22, iptables 1.4.14 and xtables-addons 1.45, openswan 2.6.38, snort and squid 3.1.23. The user interface has been freshened with the new Smoothwall logo and a number of presentation improvements. There are two new features: Plug-n-Play Backup, and automatic translations for non-English-speaking users.

There is a new advanced installer that facilitates preparing a bootable flash and installing from it as well as using a serial console with network appliances that do not have VESA consoles. On the system level, symmetric multi-processing (SMP) is now standard, udev handles all devices, and grub legacy is used for all bootstrapping. On the development side, there's gcc 4.7.2 and a vastly reworked build system--now with re-entrance and parallel make capability.

You should be able to install Smoothwall Express 3.1 on nearly all x86 and x86_64 hardware with the usual caveat that leading edge hardware may be too new. Give it a whirl and help us make it the best yet.

Please see the Release Announcement for more information and download links.