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Endian Firewall 2.5.2

Endian Firewall is an all-in-on Linux security distribution that turns any system into a full-featured security appliance. It features a stateful packet inspection firewall, application-level proxies for various protocols (HTTP, POP3, SMTP), anti-virus support, virus and spam filtering for email traffic (POP and SMTP), content filtering of Web traffic, and a “hassle free” VPN system based on OpenVPN.

Release Notes: Minor bugs were fixed. ClamAV was updated to the most recent version, ensuring that signature updates will continue to work. Anti-spyware lists are now being provided by PhishTank instead of Malware Domains. This has resulted in *more sites being recognized correctly, and also makes it possible to show an information page with a link to PhishTank’s description of the malicious Web site. Support for various hardware devices was added, including USB modems, network interface cards, and hard disk controllers.

Release Tags: Security Networking Firewalls Monitoring Operating Systems Linux Distributions

Tags: Security, Networking, Firewalls, Monitoring, Operating Systems, Linux Distributions

Licenses: GPL

Original news: http://freecode.com/projects/efw

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat released

Ubuntu 10.10Ubuntu 10.10 has been launched today, October 10 2010 exactly at 10:10 and is ready for general consumption. Download your version using the links below. These are the bittorrent links, so feel free to connect with your favorite bittorrent client. No worry, the more people using these links, the faster the downloads.

Some highlights:

  • Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud.
  • Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ — specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.
  • Also includes:
    • a brand-new Ubuntu font family,
    • a redesigned system installer,
    • the latest GNOME 2.32 desktop,
    • Shotwell as the new default photo manager, and a number of other features.

See the release announcement, press release, and release notes for further details.

OpenSolaris: abandoned software?

OpenSolarisSome months ago I wrote about the uncertain future of opensolaris. OpenSolaris is the open-source distribution of the Unix-based Solaris operating system Oracle acquired through its purchase of Sun Microsystems. We all have been waiting a long time for a new version of OpenSolaris. The latest release was due to arrive back in February and in June we also saw an update from Oracle, stating that:

  • Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the OpenSolaris community
  • Oracle is investing more in Solaris than Sun did prior to the acquisition, and will continue to contribute innovative technologies to OpenSolaris, as Oracle already does for many other open source projects
  • On the “Solaris Near Term Roadmap”, they say Solaris 10 Update 9 will come some time in 2010 focusing on platform support and Oracle product integrations.

But despite all communications, we don’t seem to be any closer to an official release. The OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) is tired of waiting. The OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) is an independent body that was created on February 2006 to direct the community-based OpenSolaris software. Board members have been upset with the lack of communication from Oracle over the timing of future releases, among other matters.

This time, the OGB is giving Oracle one more chance to step up to the plate. If Oracle does not respond, the OGB will hand over control of the OpenSolaris project to Oracle, effectively washing their hands of the situation. Check the OGB meeting minutes here. The members of the OpenSolaris Governing Board are essentially delivering an ultimatum to the vendor, asking that it appoint a liaison to the group by no later than Aug. 16, or else the board will be disbanded. That executive should have the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community. Otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle.

Peter Tribble posts in his blog about this decision. A lot of frustration is expressed here, but I can fully understand his way of communication, especially about a company that has not handled their mergers in a clear manner, in particular  those portions that involved open sourced/community based products.

I have the impression, Oracle is not interested in OpenSolaris at all, and that they prefer to do nothing, so that the project turns absolutely boring and no one has any interest on it anymore. Just let it die…