It is a great moment to us and we are very proud to release the 100th Core Update today.
This update will bring you IPFire 2.19 which we release for 64 bit on Intel (x86_64) for the first time. This release was delayed by the various security vulnerabilities in
glibc, but is packed with many improvements under the hood and various bug fixes.
There will be no automatic update path from a 32 bit installation to a 64 bit installation. It is required to manually reinstall the system for those who want to change, but a previously generated backup can be restored so that the entire procedure takes usually less than half an hour.
There are not too many advantages over a 64 bit version except some minor performance increases for some use cases and of course the ability to address more memory. IPFire is able to address up to 64GB of RAM on 32 bit, so there is not much need to migrate. We recommend to use 64 bit images for new installations and stick with existing installations as they are.
As with all major releases, this one comes with an updated Linux kernel to fix bugs and improve hardware compatibility. Linux 3.14.65 with many backported drivers from Linux 4.2 is also hardened stronger against common attacks like stack buffer overflows.
Many firmware blobs for wireless cards and other components have been updated just as the hardware database.
A backport of a recent version of the Microsoft Hyper-V network driver module will allow transferring data at higher speeds again. Previous versions had only very poor throughput on some versions of Hyper-V.
It is now possible to enable or disable certain connection tracking modules. These Application Layer Gateway (ALG) modules help certain protocols like SIP or FTP to work with NAT. Some VoIP phones or PBXes have problems with those so that they can now be disabled. Some need them.
The firewall has also been optimised to allow more throughput with using slightly less system resources.
dnsmasq, the IPFire-internal DNS proxy has been updated and many instability issues have been fixed
openvpnhas been updated to version 2.3.7 and the generated configuration files have been updated to be compatible with upcoming versions of OpenVPN
bindwas updated to version 9.10.3-P2
ntpwas updated to version 4.2.8p5
tzdata, the database for timezone definitions, was updated to version 2016b
owncloudhas been updated to version 7.0.11
nanohas been updated to version 2.5.1
rsynchas been updated to version 3.1.2
We are currently crowdfunding a Captive Portal for IPFire and would like you to ask to check it out and support us!
Please help us to sustain the work on IPFire Project with your donation.
Published by Michael Tremer, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 am