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This blog posted courtesy of ClearFoundation Community Member Shane Shields. Originally posted on Toolbox for IT

 

First of all I guess I should do the obligatory disclosure according to the American FTC which is just a guide but has lawful penalties (how do they figure that one out?) I received this product for free from the Clear Foundation. In return I am going to do a review of their product.

That being said they are giving their product away for free to everyone. In typical Open Source business model it is the service they are charging for. The product? The new release of the beta version of their latest ClearOS(5.1). I found out about this when their marketing manager Aaron contacted me here on ITtoolbox and basically just said check out what we did and tell me what you think.

Well since it was no skin off of my nose to download their ISO image and whack it into a VirtualBox session I did so. While I was trying to download it I hopped over to their website and had a peek and poke around (aah the old basic days, sigh). What I saw intrigued me to say the least. I was expecting just another fork of another Linux distribution. You know the standard Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, RedHat type of thing. One thing was evident was that these people were definitely thinking out of the box.


Open Source projects complete (and often exceed) commercial software.  If the United States Department of Defense (US DOD) can put open source on equal footing with commercial software, the entire market is shifting to a new paradigm of software development.  The writing on the wall?  "All software will soon be open source.  The software market needs to shift its business model from license to services." Check out this directive from the US DOD CIO:
 
ClearFoundation is dedicated to fostering the development of open source solutions to manage the gateway server layer.  ClearOS is a fully open source point and click network management solution.  ClearOS also offers direct access to ClearSDN which delivers services such as: Antivirus firewall, VPN client, dyndns, webfilter, ipsec, offsite backup and spam blocker.

ClearOS Enterprise 5.1 Beta 2

Posted by: Peter Baldwin

Tagged in: clearos , beta , 5.1

The second beta has arrived!  Along with the usual bug fixes, the two significant changes from beta 1 are:

  • Updated base system to CentOS 5.4 (released just last week).
  • Updated Samba to prepare for improved Windows 7 support.

 You can find more details in the release notes.  Please remember, this is still beta software.