[IPFire Announcement] IPFire 2.9 Core Update 50 released

The IPFire Project. ipfire-announce at lists.ipfire.org
Sat Jul 23 15:16:42 CEST 2011


this is the official announcement of the release of IPFire 2.9 Core
Update 50 as seen on

We are celebrating the release of the 50th update for the IPFire 2
series which is a maintainance update which also brings small new
features and adds Polish translation.

Michael Tremer on behalf of the IPFire Team



Today, we are going to release the 50th update of IPFire 2. Because of
that fact, a more detailed report:

How time flies. Already 6 years ago, IPFire was forked from the IPCop
codebase to break new ground. Ways should be differentiated from its
predecessor, to make installation, configuration and securing a small
office and home networks easier and more functional.

The project grew further and further and after two years version 2 was
born. This was completely distinct from the predecessor IPCop except of
the idea, the web user interface and the installer. But really new was
the basis IPFire was now working on: Linux kernel version 2.6 and the
completely updated userland were compiled with GCC 4 – that still rings
a bell by those who had to deal with that then. A milestone in the eyes
of the developers who finally built a packet management system that is
responsible for the installation of additional features but most
importantly handles updates as well.

Since 44 months and 50 core updates, IPFire is working better than on
the first day. The developers keep working on little updates that
improve the base system and addons, but also bring major updates on the
way. That is why the system runs very great on recent hardware and keeps
up with new technology. A very special attention is paid to
safety-critical problems. Many security issues of third party packages
have been patched, tested and delivered only within a couple of hours.

You cannot find these things in some other free projects: Today, it is
also the great third anniversary of the last update for the well-known
firewall distribution IPCop. We often get asked if there is still any
active development in the project and if there was not a “version 2.0”
in alpha state. Comparing the development of IPFire and IPCop, one can
easily see, that IPCop is hardly there where the IPFire project already
has been four years ago.

Currently, IPCop is based on the Linux kernel 2.4, which is hardly
maintained by the kernel developers, but however there has been no
update that has found its way into the IPCop distribution. Libraries and
externally maintained addons are not supported by their upstream
projects for a long time and most notably, the hardware that IPCop is
supposed to run on is not supported by that old codebase anymore. IPFire
got rid of these problems a long time ago!

In Core Update 50, which is released today, there are updates to the
packages squid (version 3.1.14), Python (version 2.7.2), apache (Version
2.2.19) and smartmontools as well as collectd.
>From now on, IPFire is installable and configurable in Polish language
and there have been a couple of small issues removed on the web user

At last, I want to say thank you to all the people who helped IPFire on
its way to become what it is now. We hope to receive such a great
support by the community and all interested people in the future, too.
Thank you all.

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