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Caution! RC2 has a potential security bug. Use at your own risk!

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Release candidate 2 is obsolete. Please go to Smoothwall Express 3.1 RC4 to access the current downloads.

Welcome to Smoothwall Express 3.1

The Smoothwall Community is pleased to announce the second Release Candidate for our long awaited Smoothwall Express 3.1 Firewall. RC2 corrects a number of usability issues found in the first release candidate.

This release is a refresh of v3.0's foundation and a culmination of four years of effort that began with the Roadster Test Vehicle. The build system has been thoroughly worked over, and the user interface has been freshened with several presentation improvements.

The vast majority of the work was done 'under the hood'. Here are just a few of the software upgrades: Linux 3.4, glibc 2.14.1, gcc 4.7.2, perl 5.14.4, squid 3.3.5, httpd 2.2.24, iptables 1.4.14, and openswan 2.6.38. Some of these updates are ready to enable new features such as HTTPS proxying in squid. In addition to these updates, numerous bugs present in v3.0 that caused hard-to-reproduce problems or minor errors in the user interface were squashed.

If the firewall admin notices little difference between it and the v3.0 she has been using, Smoothwall Express 3.1 will have achieved its goal.

Key new features & improvements in version 3.1

  • The build system is vastly improved; it is now re-entrant (a build will continue where it left off when an error is encountered and fixed), and compiles will use all CPU cores present).
  • There are now three ISO images: standard install, developer's edition that contains the development and documentation packages, and a 32MiB 'off-road' edition to be used to verify general hardware compatibility with v3.1.
  • Grub Legacy is now used to boot all drives: ISO images, flash installers, and the installed target.
  • SMP is now standard for 32- and 64-bit installations. Smoothwall Express will now use those extra CPU cores.
  • Installation on KVM, VMWare and Hyper-V virtual systems is supported. KVM works well; support for the other two was recently added and hasn't been tested very well.
  • The distribution ISO image includes several new features.
    • an option to make a bootable install flash drive; it is now possible to install from a flash drive when there is no CD/DVD drive available.
    • options to install and or boot using a serial console.
    • the basic (traditional) installer to be used when the system contains one hard drive, one CD/DVD drive, and standard VESA display with keyboard.
    • a new advanced installer to be used with all other install options

      • choose the target hard drive
      • choose the installation source drive (ISO, flash, or other)
      • use a serial (EIA-232) console
      • install and upgrade with a restore of 'variable' data from a previous archive
      • completely restore a 'total' archive
      • use ext4 or reiserfs
      • optionally install the development and/or documentation packages
  • The kernel now provides /dev entries for all devices it knows about; udev handles the rest.

  • The bandwidthbars presentation was reworked and improved.
  • The interfaces page has a new subsection for the RED NIC that allows the admin to ignore the MTU setting the ISP sends in their DHCP packets and allows the admin to override the ISP's DNS servers.
  • The Smoothinfo mod has been integrated into the user interface.
  • The browser's preferred language can now control the language presented in the user interface.
  • There is a new Plug-n-Play backup system: hot-plug a configured drive and the system will be automatically archived onto it in both a 'var' archive (all the 'variable' data on the system)--useful when upgrading--and a 'total' archive--useful when a system fails or is moved to new hardware. USB thumb drives and eSATA drives are known to work.
Source: README.markdown, updated 2013-12-12