Linux News Today: IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall OS Gets Its 100th Core Update, Adds 64-bit Support
Michael Tremer today, April 14, 2016, announced the release and immediate availability for download of the 100th Core Update of the IPFire 2.19 Linux kernel-based firewall distribution.
IPFire 2.19 Core Update 100 appears to be the project’s first ever release to work natively on 64-bit (x86_64) hardware architectures. Until today, the IPFire distribution was available for download only as an installable ISO image containing 32-bit software packages, along with an i586-compiled kernel. The 100th Core Update of IPFire 2.19 is also available for the ARMv5tel architecture.
“It is a great moment for us and we are very proud to release the 100th Core Update today,” said Michael Tremer. “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 OpenSSL and Glibc, but is packed with many improvements under the hood and various bug fixes.”
What’s new in IPFire 2.19 Core Update 100
Release highlights of IPFire 2.19 Core Update 100 include the long-term supported and much hardened Linux 3.14.65 kernel, which includes dozens of backported drivers from the Linux 4.2 branch, Hyper-V performance improvements, various improvements to the build-in firewall, such as support for enabling and disabling some connection tracking modules, as well as numerous software updates.
Among the updated packages, we can mention GCC 4.9.3, Binutils 2.24, XZ 5.2.2, Bison 3.0.4, Sed 4.2.2, BIND 9.10.3-P2, Grep 2.22, NTP 4.2.8p5, tzdata 2016b, OpenVPN 2.3.7, and m4 1.4.17. Furthermore, various add-ons got updated too, such as ownCloud 7.0.11, rsync 3.1.2, and nano 2.5.1, the web-based user interface received some cosmetic changes, and several bugs were patched.
You can download IPFire 2.19 Core Update 100 right now from the project’s official website for the architectures mentioned above or, if you prefer, via our website. More details about about the changes implemented in the 100th Core Update for IPFire’s 2.19 branch can be found in the release announcement.