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Alt-F 0.1RC4 is released

=== June 24, 2014: Alt-F-0.1RC4 is released

-The DNS-320/325 is now supported. Supported devices are the DNS-320-rev-A1/A2, DNS-321-rev-A1/A2,
DNS-323-rev-A1/B1/C1, DNS-325-rev-A1/A2, Conceptronic CH3SNAS, and Fujitsu-Siemens DUO 35-LR

-Preliminary support for the DNS-320L/LW-A1, thanks to Steven Samson collaboration and
Andreas Böhler work (http://www.aboehler.at/cms/projects-a-hacks/50-dns320l).
More work is needed, please report any issue.... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2014-06-24

RC4 Snapshot available for testing on the DNS-323-rev-A1, DNS-323-rev-C1 and DNS-321

In order to support the DNS-325 (and probably the DNS-320), a more
recent linux kernel (3.10.11) is needed, and that can cause some issues
that need to be solved before a release.

The Alt-F-0.1RC4-DNS-323-YYYY-MM-DD.bin is a snapshot of the current
Alt-F development status and is intended for testing the DNS-321 and the
DNS-323 with hardware rev-A1 and C1 boards.

There is no need to test it on rev-B1 boards, as I have one myself.
Although packaged for the DNS-323, the firmware file should be accepted
by DNS-321 boxes running Alt-F.... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-09-16

Alt-F-0.1RC3 is released

Mar 23, 2013

One year after 0.1RC2 and three years after 0.1B1, I'm pleased to announce 0.1RC3.
This will be the last release before the final 1.0.

This release has many bug fixes, some improvements and a few new things

Use https://sourceforge.net/projects/alt-f to download it.

-Before upgrading to RC3, remove the stunnel package, now part of the
base firmware, as well as all packages that overrides the base firmware
in RC2, such as samba, samba-extra, vsftp, gptfdisk...... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

The DNS-321 is now supported

Nov 26, 2012

The DNS-321 is now supported, thanks to Matt Hayden.

The procedure is not yet polished, but is fully working, follow the discussion here.

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

New Alt-F package feed

Oct 24, 2012

The default Alt-F package feed is now deactivated. Please use the new package feed following this instructions

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1RC2 is released

Feb 22, 2012

-All packages in the base firmware updated to the last version (but e2fsprogs and samba, which is now at version 3.5.12; samba-3.6.3 and e2fsprogs-1.42 just don't fit
the available flash space)

This package update has subverted the Release Candidate (RC) concept,
and although care has been taken, there might exists incompatibility
with some RC1 configuration files. New users should have no problems.
No update fix script will be made available.... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1RC1 is released

Oct 13, 2011

-Alt-F can now be directly flashed using the vendor's firmware, no need for fun_plug
(tested with D-Link firmware 1.09 on a rev-B1 hardware box)

-Support for greater then 2.2TB disks (with UEFI GPT partitioning)
Disk Partitioner and Disk Wizard support
Conversion from MBR to GPT and vice-versa

-Secure (https) web pages through the optional package 'stunnel'
Both http and https are active (swat uses port 902 for https) ... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1B7 is released on Alt-F first anniversary

Mar 26, 2011

In the previous 12 months Alt-F has seen 6 releases, which gives an average of
a new release every 2 months.

During the previous year, thanks to many user reports and suggestions,
and to many bug-fixes and improvements, Alt-F has evolved in a way that
means that it is now mature and ready to leave the Beta status, what
will hopefully happens in the next release.

Online documentation, Wiki entries, packages updates and bug fixes will be the priority
for the next release.... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1B6 has been released

December 20, 2010

What's new:
-kernel 2.6.36.2, nfs-utils back to version 1.2.1
-terse report from vaughnd12 confirms that rev-A1 boards are now
working.
(tanks to Philster76 and KRH for initial testing)
-partitioning and filesystem web pages spliced and RAID web page
created
-Filesystems, RAID, and Partitioner web pages are now simpler
-Disk Partitioner and Wizard now unconditionally aligns partitions on
4K boundaries
-Disk Partitioner now has an advanced mode
-Directory Browser web page with enhanced (but slow) browsing and
with directory copy/cut/move/create/delete capabilities
-Directory Ownership and Access Permissions web page
-backup support and Backup Manager administering web pages
(preliminary)
backups local directories and directories mounted by NFS/CIFS
-Remote syslog support and administering web pages (contribution from
Augusto Bott)
-Firmware updater web page now enables recovering original vendor's
settings from backup
(untested if effective, there are some differences between backup
and original)
-Status web page only shows what exists
-Spaces allowed in paths in /etc/fstab and /etc/exports (use\040as
\040space)
and processed by smb and nfs web pages. NFS complains but works.
mounts by filesystem labels still replace spaces with underscores.
-Speed improvement in web pages that deals with disk
-Countless improvements and bug fixes.
-Users with an Alt-F flashed box should use the TryIt option in the
Firmware Updater
web page before actually flashing it, as incompatibilities might
happen. Its Beta! ... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1B5 has been released

Oct 22, 2010

What's new:

    -finally works with 100Mbps and 1Gbps switches or routers
    -support for rev-C1 boards through backported 2.6.36 patch
    -fan support for rev-C1 board, using a post by Benjamin Herrenschmidt
     (Thanks to Alexey Boyko for collaboration with all rev-C1 testing)
    -squashfs-lzma is back, thanks to openwrt.org forward patch
    -kernel 2.6.35.7, nfs-utils 1.2.3, kexec to 2.0.2,
    -No job is finished until the paperwork is done:
            -descriptive help support with some help pages already written
            -tooltip support with demos in some pages
    -disaster recovery:
            -no password asked when connecting through the serial port
            -back button opens telnetd without password on port 26, or clears flash
    -DHCP/DNS web page splited and Hosts page created
    -simplified samba configuration web page (swat is still there)
    -several improvements and bug fixes
Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-09

Alt-F-0.1B4 has been released

Sep 22, 2010

What's new:

-kernel 2.6.35.4
    -owners of A1 hardware boards should try this.
    -no lzma squashfs backported patch, as it turns the kernel
    unstable; as a result there are less 11MB of RAM available :-(
-sftp and ftps support
-ftp administering web page (AWP)
-wget proxy AWP (untested)
-disk wizard AWP
-disk maintenance AWP redesigned, more disk/raid operations supported
-disk partitioning AWP bugs fixed
-remote web administration AWP (untested)
-redesigned side menu and added drop-down menus on AWP
-SMART AWP
-Board revision level detection
-several other fixes and improvements.... [read more](/p/alt-f/news/2013/05/alt-f-01b4-has-been-released/)
Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-08

Alt-F-0.1B3 released

Jul 22, 2010

What's new:

-Kernel, libraries and apps compiled for execution speed instead of
space saving (as a result, and because of lack of flash memory space,
uShare and Transmission are now packages)
-kernel 2.6.33.6
-Filesystem Maintenance web page
-Disk Partition/RAID creation web page
-improved DHCP support
-improved fun_plug for ffp users
-improved Alt-F packages installation and administration... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-08

Alt-F-0.1B2 has been released

Apr 22, 2010

What's new:

-NFS setup web page done.
-Native package manager based on ipkg, and administering web page.
-Added a temporary and experimental package feed with some packages available (some of them were not even tested)
-Fixed fun_plug

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-08

Alt-F-0.1B1 has been released

Mar 26, 2010

I'm pleased to announce Alt-F, an alternative firmware for the D-Link DNS-323 and compatible NAS.

Alt-F provides an alternative firmware for the DLINK DNS323, that can be either run "on top" of the vendor firmware, not voiding your warranty, or flashed into the hardware, probably voiding your warranty.

Alt-F has Samba and NFS; supports ext2/3/4, VFAT and NTFS filesystems; RAID 0, 1, 5 and linear; rsync, ftp, ssh, lpd, DNS and DHCP servers, DDNS... and more.... read more

Posted by João Cardoso 2013-05-08