Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hey - we're compatible!

Today Vyatta announced their latest code update, version 1.1! While there are a lot of interesting features in this release, the most interesting and exciting feature is the Debian package compatibility. I've written about the upcoming extensibility and I'm excited to see this feature get released!

With release 1.1 you can load nearly any Debian package on your OFR. Here are some examples of network packages that could be interesting (from the collection of stable network Debian packages):

  • 6tunnel: A TCP proxy for non-IPv6 applications
  • argus: IP network transaction auditing tool
  • autossh: Automatically restart SSH sessions and tunnels
  • bing: Empirical stochastic bandwidth tester
...and that is after a 30-second perusal and not scrolling down past the b's :) I could go crazy finding interesting packages to run on an OFR if I ventured into other Debian software packages.

Many of you have already voted for your favorite open source package on our TopEnhancements wiki page and I am sure we'll start to see these integrated into OFRs across the globe.

What Debian package are you going to load onto your OFR first? Let us know!


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