Smoothwall Express 3.1 Release Candidate 5 available for testing

Team - 15 April 2014Smoothwall

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The Smoothwall Express Community released the Smoothwall Express 3.1 Release Candidate #5 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, gcc 4.7.3, glibc 2.18, binutils 2.22, iptables 1.4.14 and xtables-addons 1.45, openswan 2.6.41, snort 2.9.6.0 and squid 3.3.12. 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. Installation on the KVM, VirtualBox, vmWare and Xen hypervisers and virtual environments is supported. The Smoothinfo, URL Filter and DHCP Lease Table mods have been fully integrated.

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 4.7.3 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 theĀ Release Announcement for more information and download links.