We haven't being doing a great job at communicating the roadmap for ClearOS, so here's a quick update on what is in store for next three months! A follow-up blog post will detail some of the medium and long term roadmap goals (more/better reports, IPv6, etc.).
The following apps are in public beta right now -- head on over to the developer forums for details:
- Software RAID Manager
- VLAN support
- Amazon EC2 Support
In addition, a few apps are nearing completion or waiting on the ClearOS 6.5 testing phase (which will begin in August):
- Mail Archive (paid app)
- OwnCloud (Tim app)
Under the hood, a new engine for supporting web applications (WordPress, Joomla, SugarCRM, etc.) is also in development. There's also work with "reports, reports, reports" going on.
Over the next few months, we will be migrating ClearOS source code to GitHub. This week, the code to all the internal packages (i.e. not upstream) used in ClearOS was migrated to https://github.com/clearos-packages. The real GitHub fun will start when the apps are migrated... but that's for another day.Read more...
We have updated the ClearOS development tools and documentation. If you are interested in building apps, you may want to check out the new Hello World Tutorial. The tutorial - which includes video demonstrations - can guide you through the process of getting an app up and running in no time!Read more...
For a few months now, ClearFoundation has been using Amazon EC2 for bits of infrastructure and we really like it. We eat our own dog food when we can, and Amazon EC2 is a great place to implement a master node in a master/slave architecture.
For ClearFoundation, all the users and groups are managed on the ClearOS master node running in EC2. Across the Internet, two ClearOS slave nodes are used for hosting source code (SVN running on good old hardware) and hosting the beta translation server (running in a virtual machine on-premise). The accounts on the master node are automatically replicated to these two slave nodes and the slaves can run quite happily without a connection to the master node. In other words, we can shutdown the master node on Amazon and the two slave nodes will hum along just fine.
Enough blabbing about clearfoundation.com infrastructure. If you are looking for a hybrid cloud / on-premise solution, Amazon EC2 can certainly be part of the puzzle. To install ClearOS in Amazon, please review the documentation here:
The Storage Manager is currently available in the (beta) Amazon EC2 ClearOS Professional builds, but the app can be installed and implemented on any ClearOS system. If you want to start using the Storage Manager on an existing ClearOS system, the following technical guide walks through the details:
If you have any questions or run into any problems, please feel free to post a message in the forums or contact technical support if you have a ClearCenter support subscription.Read more...
ClearOS Community 6.4.0 is now available! Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, this release introduces a new reports engine, a storage manager, an antimalware file scanner, RADIUS, a basic POP/IMAP server, and mail retrieval.
What's next? After a bumpy start with ClearOS 6, we are now happy with the stability and maturity of the version. Version 6 required a major overhaul under the hood, but it provided ClearOS with a modern and secure web application platform. So what's currently in the pipeline?
- A beta release of the new QoS engine
- Samba 4 / Samba Directory preview
- The ibVPN app (coming next week!)
- A new Administrators app
- Additional network support: VLAN and static routes
- The Network Map tool, which will enable IP-based content filter filter policies (Professional Edition)
OwnCloud, Captive Portal are other potential developments are also floating around in various stages of development. Stay tuned!Read more...
ClearOS Community 6.4.0 Beta 2 has arrived! Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, this release introduces a new reports engine, a storage manager, an antimalware file scanner, RADIUS, a basic POP/IMAP server, mail retrieval (fetchmail) as well as upstream proxy support.
Over the last few weeks, there was a lot of focus on squashing bugs and improving little usability issues. From the modernized installer to the easy to use Marketplace, ClearOS 6 has matured to be our best offering. It's not only the core platform that has had a facelift, but also the individual apps and solutions. For example, Zarafa's solution with two great webmail interfaces, Outlook support, and out-of-the-box mobile synchronization brings enterprise-level mail to small organizations.
We are happy to announce the availability of the Static IPsec VPN app from Tim Burgess! This app makes it possible to create IPsec VPN connections between your ClearOS system and third party systems including Cisco, Sonicwall, Linksys, pfSense, Watchguard and others. Static IPsec VPN also supports road warriors, dynamic tunnel management, dead peer detection, advanced settings for IKE, ESP, etc, and more. The app is available in ClearOS Marketplace for a one-time price of $50 and includes forum support -- a place to find help with interoperability, security and fine tuning.
A basic version is also available for free. If you need to connect your ClearOS system to other ClearOS systems, the free version will get you up and running. Though there's no support for dynamic IPs and the software is provided as-is, it is certainly a great solution for non-mission critical scenarios. For those of you looking for support for dynamic IPs and need mission critical reliability for ClearOS-to-ClearOS connections, check out Dynamic VPN -- a free app included in ClearOS Professional Basic/Standard/Premium.
For the hackers out there, the new ClearOS QoS engine is ready for testing!
A few years ago, the old Bandwidth Manager was introduced as a way to manage Internet bandwidth usage for a local network. The tool allowed administrators to reserve enough bandwidth for high priority traffic, and shuffle low priority traffic into a small slice of the pipe. It works, but it only solves half the problem and arguably the less important half. The other half is QoS (quality of service) – a way to prioritize network traffic that needs to move quickly. VoIP is probably the most important service that benefits from QoS, but terminal services and other traffic can benefit from QoS as well.
If Netflix, Youtube, and (pick your audio streaming service) are causing hiccups with your VoIP system, then ClearOS QoS will be your new best friend.
(curses at blog software... continues in the wiki)
Here comes another app from Tim -- Transmission BitTorrent for ClearOS! With the Transmission app, you get a web-based BitTorrent client with powerful features: encryption, peer exchange, magnet links, and more. It's open source, free, easy to use and lean. You can install the app through Marketplace (see screenshot).
When you couple Transmission with a mobile client, you have a great way to manage your torrents while out and about town.
Transmission in ClearOS
ClearOS Community 6.4.0 Beta 1 is now available! Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, the 6.4.0 release introduces a framework for Samba 4 integration, an improved reports engine, a storage manager, an antimalware file scanner, a basic POP/IMAP server as well as upstream proxy support. Here are the app details:
The DNS and Resolver infrastructure in ClearOS has been updated to support the introduction of Samba 4. If you are used to configuring your DNS servers from the command line, please take a look at the following technical document for important details.
You can find important release and download information in the Release Notes. For those of you interested in the ClearOS Professional 6.4.0 release, expect to see Amazon EC2 Images, Network Mapping, Samba Directory / Samba 4 Beta, and more!
Congratulations to the Samba Team on shipping Samba 4!
For those of you who don't know, Samba 4 not only includes the high quality file server solution that we have come to depend on for many years, but also an Active Directory** logon environment. Yes, you will be able to start replacing those Windows Active Directory servers with a Samba 4 implementation. For all the gory details, you can find the Samba 4 feature list here and in the release notes.
So, how does Samba 4's directory integrate with ClearOS? Well, ClearOS uses a driver model for the accounts system (users and groups). One of the steps that you see when you configure a ClearOS system is the account system driver selection as shown in the following screenshot:
ClearOS with Samba 4 Accounts
Once selected, ClearOS will use the driver in its normal and native way. In the case of Samba 4, there's no synchronization going on between Samba's directory and other directories or user databases. When Samba 4 is running, all apps and services on ClearOS query Samba Directory directly. The current internal Samba Directory app has been tested with FTP, PPTP, Squid, SSH, and other apps and it all works great!
ClearOS Professional 6.4, which is expected to be released in the next few weeks, will include this new Samba Directory app. Please keep in mind, we are going to be cautious with the release of the app -- it will be beta until we figure out all the gotchas. Oh, you can expect a public preview in the next few days... stay tuned.
Home users don't need the complexity of a full blown directory: Kerberos, SIDs, Base DN, and all that other jargon should not appear anywhere in ClearOS Community Edition user interface. In home and small office environments, we are going to keep things as simple and slim as possible. Our plan is to release ClearOS Community with Samba 4 implemented just as it is right now -- as a solid and reliable file server.
** Trademark is the property of the respective owner. ClearCenter and ClearFoundation are not affiliated with Microsoft.
We're getting an early jump on ClearOS Community 6.4.0 by releasing Alpha 1. Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, this release introduces a new reports engine, a storage manager, an antimalware file scanner, a basic POP/IMAP server as well as upstream proxy support. Here are the app details:
You can find important release and download information in the Release Notes. This is alpha software, so expect to hit the command line to test out all the features. We will be releasing Beta 1 before December holidays.
For those of you interested in the ClearOS Professional 6.4.0 release, expect to see Amazon EC2 Images, Network Mapping, Samba Directory / Samba 4 Beta, and more!Read more...
The release of version 6 brought a new mindset to ClearOS: apps can no longer be "just good enough", apps need to be well put together. Almost every single report in ClearOS 5.x was in the former category. So today, we are happy to announce the beta release of the new ClearOS Reports engine! 3 new reports are available:
- Network Report
- Resource Report
- Filter and Proxy Report
The new report engine will continue to evolve throughout 2013, but the engine is already a big improvement over what was available in ClearOS 5.x:
- Tighter integration (3rd party reports are no longer hacked into the web interface)
- Unified look and feel
- Interactive charts
- Sortable and searchable data tables
In the future, live reports, PDF and weekly mailings will be added to the report engine. If you would like to install the beta version of the reports, please run the command below (subject to change!). The reports will be available via the Marketplace in a future test release.
yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing install "app*report*"
Yet another great app has been released by Tim Burgess: SMART Monitor! Seasoned administrators know that hard disks fail on a regular basis -- it's not a matter of if, but when. The SMART Monitor app analyzes the reliability of hard drives and predicts drive failures. Yes, you can detect a hard drive issue before it cause a system failure and potential downtime.
Tim's app is available for $10 (one-time) via Marketplace.
ClearOS SMART Monitor
We are happy to announce the official launch of the new ClearOS translation tools! We have integrated the output from the translation server system into the ClearOS web framework. This web-based translation system makes it possible for collaborators from around the globe to contribute. In addition, a new Developer App provides a way to see the results of new translations just minutes after making updates on the translation server.Read more...
Another great app has been released by Tim Burgess: BackupPC! The software is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and Windows systems to a ClearOS server. You can find more detailed information and features on the BackupPC web site. To install this free app, please do so via the Marketplace on your ClearOS system.Read more...
Starting Friday September 7, at least one member of the ClearOS team will make an effort to be available on IRC on Friday afternoons (Eastern Time, North America). Hopefully we'll be able to be around a lot more than that in the future, but we're going to keep it simple for now.
#clearfoundation on FreenodeRead more...