[IPFire Announcement] IPFire 2.11 available on ARM

The IPFire Project. ipfire-announce at lists.ipfire.org
Wed Oct 5 21:28:05 CEST 2011


The IPFire project is proud to announce the availability of an ARM port
of IPFire 2.11.

A team of developers has been working on an ARM port of IPFire for the
past few weeks and is now proud to announce the first beta release of
IPFire 2.11 on ARM.

Why is ARM such an ideal platform for IPFire?

IPFire is small and well-known firewall distribution that has very few
requirements on the hardware. It is so tiny that it fits on a small
microSD card but can be enhanced by additional software depending on the
network requirements and the power of the hardware. That means that a
very small board is sufficient for a basic but secure router and VPN
gateway. If there is more performance available, you can have Intrusion
Detection, content filtering and many additional services.

In our society, environmental pollution has become more of a concern in
our daily lives. We run a lot of devices continuously, in our homes and
offices, and excessive power consumption is important to  the
environment, and our money. With the right combination of hardware and
software, we are able to decrease our impact on the environment while
still maintaining the features needed in todays networks. The team at
IPFire seek minimum environmental impact and maximum features as one of
our goals.

Here is our latest step towards that goal.

Today, we release the first IPFire image that can be installed on ARM
hardware. The image contains the full installation of IPFire and be run
on any ARM based device with an Marvel Kirkwood SoC or compatible
processor.

Daily Data Inc. (http://dailydata.net) sponsored one Dreamplug from
Globalscale which started the development and was used to build the code
for the armv5tel platform. This is the lowest common denominator, and we
expect to release another version for armv7hl in the near future to take
advantage of the  hardware floating point embedded in those processors.
For all these aims we need your help. If you are a developer,
experienced IPFire user or a company or individual able to help, please
consider supporting this project by writing to arm at ipfire.org.

Hardware donations are needed and very much appreciated. Compiling
IPFire on ARM takes about half a week and there must be an extra kernel
for every SoC that is on the market. We also need volunteers to test the
current image (linked below), helping locate any bugs or features we
have missed in developing the platform port.

We look forward to your response to this development. Only through your
stated interest and continued support that can we continue to develop
IPFire for the ARM CPUs. We need your responses to determine whether we
will continue to expand IPFire into areas which have been neglected so
far. Please join.

Download IPFire 2.11 image (armv5tel):

http://people.ipfire.org/~arne_f/testing/kirkwood/ipfire-2.11.1gb-ext2-scon.armv5tel-full-core53.img.gz
Installation instructions:
  http://wiki.ipfire.org/en/hardware/arm/kirkwood

Looking forward to your interesting responses,
  The IPFire development team



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