IPFire open source firewall improves network throughput
The IPFire project has announced the release of an update, Core Update 51, to version 2.9 of its IPFire open source firewall. According to Project Leader and developer Michael Tremer, the latest update addresses several security issues in the Linux kernel – Core Update 51 is based on the 188.8.131.52 longterm Linux kernel – and improves the distribution's overall stability and performance.
In previous versions, "some TCP/IP options" were disabled due to problems. However, Tremer says that as they have since been improved, they have been re-enabled, and this increases network throughput. Support for recent hardware and wireless interfaces has also been improved thanks to several updated drivers. The developers advise all users to install the update as soon as possible, noting that a reboot will be required to complete the installation.
Further information about the latest update, including a full list of changes, can be found in the official release announcement and in the change log. IPFire 2.9 (Core 51) is available to download from the project's site; an installation guide is provided.
IPFire is a Linux server distribution that can be booted from a CD or USB drive, or installed to a computer's hard disk drive. IPFire is released under version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3).