With the third release candidate made available, Smoothwall Express 3.1 development is well on its way toward completion. Version 3.1 is basically v3.0 with a new skeleton and a freshly laundered and pressed suit. There are only a few new features. For all the details, please visit Smoothwall Express 3.1 Third Release Candidate Available at the Smoothwall community forum.
There have been 3 update releases at the time of this news item, and we always recommend implementing the updates as soon as possible. They include bug fixes, point release increases on the major components and enhancements. Please visit our forums for more detailed information.
A VMware virtual image is also now available, which is compatible with VMware ESX server.
Please download and test and report any issues on the forums.
SmoothWall is a best-of-breed Internet firewall/router, designed to run on commodity hardware, and to give an easy-to-use administration interface to those using it. Built using open source and Free software, it's distributed under the GNU Public License.
SmoothWall is very proud to announce the long-awaited final release of the worlds favorite free network firewall - SmoothWall Express 3.0 (Codename Polar).... read more
The vmware virtual image of the current version of Smoothwall 2 has been uploaded for you to look at and test before committing it to a live server. If you have any questions then please visit the projects forums.
SmoothWall is pleased to announce the much-awaited release of the beta, feature-complete version of Express 3.0. Code-named "Degu", 3.0 is the latest version of our successful and long-running express firewall software and incorporates a number of new features and improvements.
For more information please consult www.smoothwall.org
The latest upgrade patch(patch9) has been released for general availability here. Please read the installation instructions in the notes next to the file download.
We are pleased to announce the release of SmoothWall GPL 2.0 beta 5, codename "Orient".
There have been quite a few changes since beta 4, spread of the course over the last couple of months, including:
- 2.4.21 kernel
- NTP time sync
- timezone now set in the UI not in the setup program
- updates lists can now be retrieved through a (passwordless) http proxy
- tweaks to the UI
- several other updates and bug fixes. ... read more
We are pleased to announce the release of SmoothWall GPL 2.0 beta 4, codename "Mallard".
After the successful releases of betas 1 ('metro') and 2 ('bullet'), beta 4 includes major updates to the networking capabilities of SmoothWall GPL. Lawrence has slaved over a hot keyboard, and melted many a modem to improve the support for the U.S. Robotics SureConnect USB ADSL modem, and also USB ADSL modems based on the ECI chipset, such as the Fujitsu FDX310. Feedback is especially sought for ECI-based modems, so if you connect using one, please let us know, whether you have successful connections or not! Users with the new-style USB Home Highway ISDN connections from BT will now be able to connect their USB-enabled SmoothWall GPL 2.0 directly to the wall socket, thanks to the sterling work of Alan Hourihane. ... read more
The global security project SmoothWall is pleased to release version 1.0 of the ever popular SmoothWall GPL firewall distribution. This version builds upon the 0.9.x series of distributions dating back to July 2000 through 4 releases and subsequent patches.
With support for USB ADSL, Cable, ISDN, Ethernet, Analogue modems and a plethora of internet connectivity options SmoothWall retains the capability to offer something for everyone.... read more
the beta2 release notes page at http://smoothwall.org/community/beta/releases/bullet.html for more information and download links.
Yes, we skipped a number! Visit the beta1 release notes page at http://smoothwall.org/community/beta/releases/metro.html for more information and download links.
As a Christmas present to the users and the community, we've built a pre-patched version of SmoothWall 0.9.9 to help people deploy the latest bug-fixed version as fast as they can.
See http://www.smoothwall.org/gpl/about/release/0.9.9-se.html for more information, and http://www.smoothwall.org/gpl/get/download/ to download the new ISO.
People, the new version of SmoothWall is out in the wild. Either grab it from our project area here on Sourceforge or from Tucows or our mirrors as it filters down.
New features are listed on the Smoothwall.org website. Briefly - 15 native languages support, IPSEC and PPTP VPN, Intrustion Detection, new front end, USB ADSL support, New Firewall Logging, and lots lots more with the same cool webfrontend management system.... read more
We've uploaded the build of SmoothWall 0.9.8 to Sourceforge as well as the North American and European mirrors.
THIS IS NOT AN UPGRADE - ALL SMOOTHWALL USERS PLEASE REPLACE YOUR CURRENT BUILD WITH 0.9.8
New and improved features:
Linux compatible internal and external analogue modems to v90
ISDN autoprobing and automated setup for supported PCI and ISA cards
Multiple ethernet card for customers with ADSL/Cable (including Cable DCHP clients) and ethernet users
Full firewall logging and graphical auditing with graphical throughput indication
Full kernel logging facilities
Embedded Java SSH client
DHCP server for internal clients
Linux 2.2.18 IPSec kernel
VPN binaries shipped compiled ready for use
Proxy server with caching facility ... read more
SmoothWall 0.9.8, featuring a new setup program with autoprobing of ISDN cards, and support for multinic configs (including a optional DMZ) is available!
Go get it! This is the first beta for 0.9.8. It has TONES of new things, including real ISDN and multinic support. Another beta will be available in the next few days.
We are launching the pre-release VPN testing kit - this is a hackers kit customised to fit SmoothWall. There is also now the ISDN and Dial On Demand kits that will make their way into 0.9.8 sometime soon when we get dual ethernet sorted.
We today, after testing and completing basic documentation released a select number of 0.9.6 iso images to the development team across the globe. We are very happy with the results of our work and Lawrence has been cracking code all night and day for four days to get the ISO released in time to hit deadlines for FutureNet Publishing in the UK who are featuring 0.9.6 as an upcoming Cover CD feature on one of their magazines.... read more
This is an update on where we're up to with regards the project. This is a brief report so bear with me, the updated monthly PDF which will now become a regular feature on the 5th of each calendar month will be freely available from SourceForge and the SmoothWall website later this week.
SmoothWall has continued to get really good editorial cover this month in the IT press and Linux media both online and also traditional printed press. Lawrence and I were very proud to see SmoothWall described in such glowing terms and are both grateful for the solid backing of Wildfire PR and Renauld Larsen at VA Marketing, and the advice and support of Nick Veitch of Linux Format and Trevor Parsons and Maggie Meer of Linux User in the UK.... read more
It's been brought to Lawrence and my attention that there is a 2k difference in filesizes in some of the 0.9.5LF ISO images. This is due to us being rushed in mid-October when we produced the 0.9.5LF ISO image for FutureNet publishing in the United Kingdom. It does NOT affect the install image and you can still produce a perfectly good SmoothWall CD (in fact there are 60,000 of them out on LF covers all over Europe). ... read more
This is identical to what appeared on LinuxFormat. The image is slightly bigger then normal because it contains the sourcecode tarballs.
We desperately need to relaunch the website we have up at http://www.smoothwall.org to reflect over 20,000+ users worldwide. Anyone interested in taking "ownership" of such a well known project please email me at email@example.com
SmoothWall ISO images are available on CD ROM on the front cover of this months Maximum Linux in the US and the soon to be released on Sourceforge 0.9.5LF release on the front cover of Linux Format in the UK.
Richard Morrell of VA Linux who also manages the SmoothWall project - will be attending the LinuxWorldExpo in Frankfurt, Germany from 5th October through to the 7th. Anyone wishing to pass by the VA stand and talk firewalls or discuss implementations of SmoothWall is more than welcome.