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Beta 1 Release Information

Overview

Released: January 11, 2013

ClearOS Community 6.4.0 Beta 1 has arrived! Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, this release introduces a new reports engine, a storage manager, an antimalware file scanner, a basic POP/IMAP server as well as upstream proxy support.

Some of the new apps in the beta are NOT available via the Marketplace but can be installed via yum. You can find installation and app details further below.

If you have not already done so, please review the introduction to test releases.

Changes Since Alpha 1

There have been two important core changes since the Alpha 1 release.

  • The handling of /etc/resolv.conf has now changed. For details, see DNS and Resolver document.
  • Accounts and Samba initialization have been refactored.

The full changelog is here

What's New in ClearOS Community 6.4.0

The following is a list of features coming in ClearOS Community 6.4.0.

For businesses and organizations, ClearOS Professional 6.4.0 (not yet released) will also include:

  • Content Filtering by IP
  • Amazon EC2 Images
  • Samba 4 Directory (Beta)

There have also been a couple of apps already released since ClearOS 6.3.0:

The full changelog can be found here:

Feedback

Please post your feedback in the ClearOS Development and Test Release Forum.

Download

Virtual Machines

For 6.4.0 Beta 1, 32-bit virtual machine images are available.

VMware EnterpriseVM Instructions32-bit380 MB2f684eed8dfc90eb23732d5463da37e2
VMware BasicVM Instructions32-bit376 MBb6f37ef209dec1fa98c1d009fe5890f5
VirtualBoxVM Instructions32-bit376 MBbb95424d7af60d7932b3d239a928cb56
VirtualPCVM Instructions32-bit376 MBd2e190e9e42507dd5d9722338a69d487

Upgrade from ClearOS Community 6.3.0

As an alternative to the virtual machines, you can install ClearOS Community 6.3.0 and upgrade to 6.4.0 Beta 1.

yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing upgrade

To really simulate the 6.4.0 install experience, run the following before going through the first boot wizard on a fresh 6.3.0 install:

yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing install app-storage app-upstream-proxy

Beta Testing Details

Storage Manager

The new Storage Manager app provides a clean way to separate app data from the underlying operating system. Flexshares, web proxy cache, mail stores and other data intensive apps are mapped to /store on the file system. This /store could be a separate RAID partition, an external store, or an Amazon S3 store.

By default, the /store directory is used by the Storage Manager. If you are in a VM environment, you can attach another disk to your virtual machine and then mount it to /store. In future test versions, you will be able to do this via the ClearOS web-based administration tool. For now, we're just kicking the tires on the command line.

Upstream Proxy

One of the features added to ClearOS 6.4.0 is support for upstream proxies. The initial testing for this feature requires some command line knowledge as well as direct access to the Internet (e.g. no proxy!). Once we are comfortable with the stability of the new feature, we will roll it into the release. In the ClearOS 6.4.0 Beta 1 release, you should now see an Upstream Proxy step in the first boot wizard.

Upstream Proxy is installed by default on the virtual machine images. For the 6.3.0 upgrade path, run:

yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing install app-upstream-proxy

IMAP and POP Server

To install the IMAP and POP Server run:

yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing install app-imap

You may need to stop/start the IMAP/POP Server after making a configuration change. That's an beta bug… sorry about that. The documentation has the details: User Guide

Antimalware File Scan

To install the Antimalware File Scan run:

yum --enablerepo=clearos-updates-testing install app-file-scan

Reports, Reports, Reports

Reports are available in the Marketplace:



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