Freesco v0.4.4

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Freesco v0.4.4

Postby Lightning » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:14 am

It has been a little over a year since 0.4.3 was released and it is now time to release 0.4.4 on SourceForge.
There has been numerous changes and improvements to the system and here is the list of what has changed.
############################## Changes in v0.4.4 ##############################
Released 2/5/2012

Repaired a bug in the smtpclient -A attach option that required and extra
argument to the flag that did not need any arguments.

Repaired a logging bug in the dyndns script that caused the name "dyndns" not
to be displayed.

Repaired a firewall problem that allowed access to servers on PPP Internet
connections when the server was set in secure mode. This bug was introduced
in 0.4.3 in the firewall only mode option.

Repaired a bug in the mv2hd command that caused other language definitions for
control characters not to work.

Repaired a bug in the rc_net script that used the wrong 'restart' command when
another language was in use other than English.

Repaired the 'pkg' command so that when downloading files or installing kernels
"Installation aborted" is not displayed on exit.

Repaired a bug in the live.cfg creation scripting that would sometimes loose
some of the data in the file due to more than one instance trying to write to
the file at the same time.

Repaired a bug in the setup that did not show server security accurately when
enabled in secure mode and using an alternate language using different control
characters was being used. This was strictly a visual repair.

Changed the kernel to use a 'full cone NAT'. This change required enabling the
'loose UDP masquerading' option in the kernel source. Without this option
enabled the firewall is a 'port restricted NAT' and inhibits some particular
applications from wanting to run behind FREESCO.

Added full system support for virtual interfaces. This also includes DHCP for
virtual networks and interfaces so that more than one subnet can be supported
on a single interface.

Added a system test at boot time so the system can automatically adjust the
configuration language from any previous language to the currently installed
default language.

Added a new language section into the setup to make converting the system to
a different language an easy operation.

Added the ability to change the smtp port into the individual mail client
configuration files.

Added gzip to compress files

Added tar create to make tarballs of files and directories.

Added wput as an FTP client suitable for uploading backup files and directories
for network backups. Which is a planned new feature on a future release of

Added a new auto patching mechanism. This mechanism checks for system patches
every two weeks and auto installs them if enabled. This new feature does not
check for updates at every boot and requires two weeks of uptime before it will
activate when enabled.

Added boot CD support into the system. Also added a new ISO image of FREESCO to
make creating a boot-able CD easier. This version has all available PCI drivers
installed on the disk to make the initial CD boot a running system with
minimal services running. It is also possible to re-master this image to be a
live system capable of running in any mode by copying the running /etc directory
to the CD.

Added DHCP static IP and IP range support for virtual interfaces and networks.

Added wol v0.2.0 to the base system binaries. This allows for all wake-on-lan
enabled computers to be started remotely.

Added a control panel 'wol' section that displays all internal machines
connected using DHCP and allows the user to wake any of them up remotely with
two clicks of a mouse button.

Added IP address monitoring capabilities into the netmon binary. Using this new
feature allows current bandwidth usage and tracking any any internal IP address.
The resulting information can be seen on screen 6 and in the control panel
under the 'network' function. To add or remove IP addresses in 'netmon' just
use 'netmon -e' to edit the configuration file.

Added clearing of bandwidth usage for the netmon binary. Using the new 'netmon'
binary all that is required is to use 'netmon -r' to reset all of the data
fields for bandwidth usage.

Added the boot time Romanian language translation into the system so that the
base system commands before the drive is mounted will show correctly in
Romanian when defined as the default language. Thanks to 'Casian Colcher' for
this translation.

Added client logging. This option will log the current name and/or IP address
of every client that connects to FREESCO when 'client logging' is enabled. It
also logs the MAC address time and date of there last connection. To keep this
log on a permanent basis to survive reboots just enable 'save system logs'.

Changed the netmon binary to correctly calculate the receive data for virtual
interfaces. Thanks to 'justdave' for the new code and countless hours of work.

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