4th anniversary of eBox Platform!

November 30 2009

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We are proud to recall that four years ago today, the first official release of eBox Platform was launched. The development of the Open Source Small Business Server that was started in early 2004 and aimed at offering SMBs easy network management has come long way since and has reached a potential few could imagine.

After five years of intense development work and approximately 200.000 lines of code that integrate over 20 open source network management tools in one single platform, eBox is currently not only an enterprise level network management solution, but what is more, enables Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) to offer a full set of eBox based network management and outsourcing services for SMBs all over the globe.

Included in Ubuntu since 2007, an estimate of 40,000 active installations, currently over 8,000 monthly downloads and active community of 2,000 members -both growing at fast pace, make us to believe that eBox Platform is a well-established solution in the open source market and each new release will take us a step closer to our goal of turning eBox into the application of choice for Linux based network management!

New eBox 1.3.10 installer available

November 27 2009

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eBox Platform development team is glad to announce the release of the first installer for the 1.3 development branch. The main new features include PPPoE support, RADIUS module and Webmail (roundcube) module together with many other minor improvements and bugfixes. You can download eBox 1.3 at: http://www.ebox-platform.com/download/beta

All these features and much more will be available in the next eBox 1.4 stable version that will be out in few months (check the roadmap for additional information). In the meanwhile, you can help us starting to test the eBox 1.3 by reporting bugs or any other issues you consider of importance. Just remember that this is beta software and it is not intended for production use.

Your feedback is very important – Please do not hesitate to report any issues through the eBox Support Forum or eBox Trac.

We’re proud to announce that an essay regarding the Advanced Network Service Testing Environment (ANSTE) that was developed in order to carry out eBox Platform testing has been included in O’Reilly’s Beautiful Testing book that is to be published on the 30th of October. Beautiful Testing, edited by Tim Riley and Adam Goucher, offers 23 essays from 27 leading testers and developers that illustrate the qualities and techniques that make testing an art.

“eBox Platform is a complex tool that integrates a number of independent network services, released as a set of independent modules that need to be thoroughly tested to prevent regressions and to verify the correct functioning of each feature” said Isaac Clerencia, author of the “Testing Network Services in Multimachine Scenarios” essay and developer at eBox Technologies. “After a year or so since we started developing eBox Platform, getting a new release out had become a struggle due to the lengthy testing and quality assurance process. What is more, these tasks had quickly become the most dreaded ones among eBox developers and we figured out that something had to be done.”

“As we couldn’t find an existing testing tool that would suit our needs, we ended developing our own open source testing suite” said José Antonio Calvo, ANSTE developer and developer at eBox Technologies, and continued “the result was ANSTE that allows you to easily define complex network scenarios with multiple virtual machines, to run or to remotely schedule the tests according to pre-defined test suites that include command-based and Selenium-based tests and finally obtain a full report that is made available through a web interface.”

“We think ANSTE is a beautiful network service testing solution that can help in the testing process of any software that involves several machines connected to a network” said Isaac Clerencia. “ANSTE has already been successfully used to test MySQL clusters and we think it could also be useful for other projects, such as XMMP or Squid, for example. We are extremely glad for being included in the Beautiful Testing to give more visibility to the project for a good cause.”

Update (22/12/2009)
Please note that the essay “Testing Network Services in Multimachine Scenarios” is now available for download (under Creative Commons license, by-attribution, non-commercial, share alike).

More about Beautiful Testing
Beautiful Testing, edited by Tim Riley and Adam Goucher. Copyright 2010 O’Reilly Media, Inc., ISBN 978-0-596-15981-8. Available at: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596159818/ All royalties from this book will be donated to the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

More about ANSTE
ANSTE is a testing environment for advanced network services, mainly intended to automatize the integration tests of eBox Platform, furthermore it could be used to other similar purposes. ANSTE is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the project’s trac and source code are available at: http://anste.ebox-platform.com

We’re glad to announce that we’ve put together a screencast on how to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) with eBox Platform. The screencast shows step-by-step how to create and configure a Certification Authority (CA), user certificates, a VPN server and the clients with eBox.

Together with the official documentation regarding VPN set up you should be able to allow secure access to the corporate network to remote users and secure interconnection of geographically distant networks.

You can also find interesting the screencast on Basic Network Configuration or if you are a professional eBox user, the screencast on eBox Control Center. You can also view the screencasts at YouTube:
Setting up a VPN with eBox Platform
Basic Network Configuration with eBox Platform
eBox Control Center

Update (30-12-2009)
As some users were having trouble watching on-line videos, we have now uploaded the screencasts files for download at http://static.ebox-platform.com/video/

eBox Technologies, the developer and sponsor of eBox Platform, signed last week partnership agreements with Aitire (Spain), Arca (Singapore) and MCL Solution (Venezuela). As Authorized eBox Service Partners these companies are granted premium technical support from the eBox developers and full access rights to the eBox Control Center that allows simultaneous and centralized real time monitoring, administration and storage of multiple eBox Platform installations. If you are a professional eBox Platform user, maybe you are interested in reading the full story or checking out the information regarding the eBox Partner Program.

Also, eBox Technologies announced today the launch of certified on-line training in eBox Platform. The first on-line training course “eBox for Network Administrators” is an intermediate course aimed at IT professionals with some experience in computer network management with Linux based servers and eBox Platform. The course is available both in English and in Spanish and the cost of this on-line course is 445€. If you are interested in learning more about all eBox Platform features or getting certified, check out the Training section at eBox Technologies’ web site.

Hi fellow eBox users!

You favourite development team proudly presents the availability of eBox platform 1.2. This release represents a big leap towards our goal of providing the best and most complete easy-to-use open source unified server for SMEs.

You can read more about this new release here.

Ignacio Correas, CEO of eBox Technologies and Javier Uruen, CTO of eBox Technologies will give presentations within the Local Program of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GCDS) taking place from the 3rd until the 11th of July in Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands (Spain).

Ignacio Correas will deliver his presentation entitled “Development of a business model based on eBox Platform” on the 8th of July. The presentation will highlight the role played by the eBox Platform community in the creation of the company and the motives for choosing the current, channel-centered business model. Besides, Correas will also explain the current market opportunity for a unified network server such as eBox Platform.

On the same day, 8th of July, Javier Uruen will give a three-hour workshop entitled “Introduction to the development of eBox Platform modules”. “eBox Platform has two main aims” explains Javier Uruen, and continues “first of all, we aim to provide an easy-to-use unified network server and secondly, we aim to provide a development framework to ease the development of new Unix based services”. “During this workshop we will show how to develop new eBox Platform modules and we will implement a module that manages an Unix-based service”.

If you are interested in participating in the GCDS, we encourage you to register at the GCDS web site. If you are interested in having a face-to-face meeting with the eBox crew, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at info@ebox-technologies.com We will be staying in the Canary Islands from the 3rd until the 11th of July.

During the Innovate!Europe event eBox Technologies was selected by the Guidewire Group to join an invite-only trade mission to Silicon Valley and San Francisco area, on June 8-12. eBox Technologies’ CEO, Ignacio Correas and COO, Javi Vázquez will take part in this trade mission that includes meetings, visits, presentations and other business events.

The focus of the mission will be to meet with venture capitalists, private investors, U.S. entrepreneurs, potential partners and service providers who can further company’s growth. If you are interested in having a face-to-face meeting with eBox Technologies management, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at info@ebox-platform.com We’ll be staying in the San Francisco area from the 7th until 19th of June.

The first certified eBox Platform course that corresponds to the “eBox for Network Administrators” course was held from the 11th until the 28th of May at the Centro de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CTA) in Zaragoza, Spain. Over 120 applications were received by CTA for the 15 available places.

“I’m very satisfied with the course both because of the opportunities offered by eBox and because of the instructor” said Augustín Raluy, IT Consultant who attended the course. “Until now I was used to work on only some fields of the network and system administration and the course has provided me with a more global view. As eBox Platform unifies the management of all network services through one single, graphic and intuitive control panel, it’s much easier to manage more network services in less time. My aim is to use eBox Platform as a standard solution for the customers that entrust me their computer network and system management”.

The course was aimed at IT professionals with basic knowledge on computer network management, for example, Windows system administrators interested in managing computer networks with Linux based systems. At completion of this 48-hour course, students should understand the concepts behind computer network management and efficiently administer SMBs computer networks with eBox Platform.

“We have carried out a large set of practical excercises with eBox Platfrom, from the simpliest and most common cases to most complex scenarios including multiple machines” said Víctor Jiménez, Certified eBox Instructor, and continued “thanks to the easiness of eBox Platform, the students with no previous experience on Linux have become system administrators with eBox Platform”.

The “eBox for Network Administrators” course is part of the eBox Curriculum Path that currently consists of four different courses and is divided into two tracks, Administrators and Developers. The Administrators track is designed to provide system administrators and IT professionals with the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage SMBs computer networks and multiple eBox Platform installations. The Developer track is aimed at system developers, enterprise application developers and system integrators providing them with the knowledge and skills to develop new eBox Platform modules, prepare customized eBox Platform distributions and integrate eBox Platform with other applications.