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IPFire 2.27 - Core Update 162 is available for testing

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Another release is available for testing: IPFire 2.27 - Core Update 162. It comes with a brand-new kernel based on Linux 5.15, and it will be the last release supporting the i586 architecture.

Once a few releases after upgrading to Linux 5.10, we have now rebased the IPFire kernel on Linux 5.15. Due to dropping or upstreaming our patchset this was a lot easier than the previous step to 5.10.

The new kernel is long-term supported by the Linux kernel developers and comes with various new drivers and performance improvements. Noteworthy are various performance improvements on "zero copy" for increased throughput and lower latency; Core Scheduling (for safer Hyperthreading), and a new drivers for NTFS.
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New IPFire version improves performance and includes exFAT...

  • New IPFire version improves performance and includes exFAT support

    When we talk about Linux we usually refer mainly to servers and desktops, but it is more than known that the Open Source system has gone much further. Therefore, we are going to take this opportunity to publish about IPFire, a hardened distribution in terms of security that can function as a router and a firewall.

    IPFire version 2.27 Core Update 161 has introduced some new features along with some changes and improvements. The first thing that stands out about this release are the improvements at the support level, which include the Open Source FriendlyARM NanoPI R2S mini router, Fast Flux Detection in the web proxy to detect Fast Flux settings and for the exFAT filesystem, which has long been an official Linux feature courtesy of Microsoft.

    Another important point is the removal of support for Python 2, a version of the language (and its official interpreter) that has been discontinued for two years, but in which many programs are still supported and have not migrated to the third version.

    Following with more news from IPFire 2.27 Core Update 161, we have the ability of the web proxy to always hide the version number and thus prevent information leaks, support for the Pakfire page to correctly display the locked status after starting an update, support for the status of Logwatch software RAID configurations, backups improved, support for RAID configurations in Logwatch, Backups of Avahi and Minidlna Configurations Enhanced and better disk utilization statistics.

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