eBox 1.0 ready to download

March 26 2009

Categories: Releases

Hi fellow eBox users!

Your favorite development team proudly announces the availability of eBox 1.0.

After years of development we have finished implementing the following feature set, which  we have deemed good enough to deserve the 1.0 badge:

  • Networking
    • Firewall and routing
      • Network Configuration
        • DHCP server
        • NTP server
      • Filtering
      • NAT/Port redirections
      • Multi-gateway support and traffic load balancing
      • Traffic shaping (l7 filter support)
      • Traffic rate monitoring
    • Web proxy
      • Cache
      • Content filtering
    • Instant Messaging server (Jabber)
    • Domain Name Server
    • E-mail server
      • Spam and antivirus filter for mail
      • Support for greylisting
      • Transparent POP3 proxy filter
    • OpenVPN support
    • Certification Authority
    • Event notification via jabber, mail and RSS
    • Web server
  • Workgroup
    • Windows user, file sharing
    • PDC support
    • Printing server
    • eGroupware: calendar sharing, address book, webmail…
  • Reporting
    • Summarized reports
    • Full reports
  • New dashboard to centralize service information
  • Full and configuration backup
  • Software updates
  • Disk usage information
  • RAID status

You can install the new packages using our stable repository. Note that the new packages are only available for Ubuntu Hardy at the moment. Packages for Intrepid and Jaunty are underway.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ebox/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

The 1.0 milestone, besides being a great achievement by itself, does not imply a slowdown in our development process, quite to the contrary, it provides a solid foundation for further and faster eBox development. The immediate eBox future is full of interesting new features that we are craving to see working in your production eBoxes. You can have a look at our roadmap to get an idea about what’s coming next in eBox. Some of the highlights are:

  • Asterisk integration
  • Hooks to allow service customization by the local administrator
  • User corner for user-oriented features (i.e., password changing, …)
  • Captive portal

Changelog

ebox

    Bugfix: fix SQL statement to fetch last rows to consolidate
    Bugfix: consolidate logs using the last date and not starting from scratch
    Backport fix for EBox::Types::Union::isEqualTo
    Bugfix: DomainName type make comparisons case insensitive
    according to RFC 1035

  • EBox::Module::writeConfFile and EBox::Service escape file’s path
  • Bugfix. Configure logrotate to actually rotate eBox logs
  • Fixed bug in ForcePurge logs model
  • Fixed bug in DataTable: ModelManager was called with tableName instead of context Name
  • Fixing an `img` tag closed now properly and adding alternative text to match W3C validation in head title
  • Backup pages now includes the size of the archive
  • Fixed bug in ForcePurge logs model
  • Now the modules can have more than one tableInfo for logging information
  • Improve model debugging
  • Improve restart debugging
  • Backups and bug reports can be made from the command line
  • Bugfix: `isEqualTo` is working now for `Boolean` types
  • Add support for reporting
  • Refresh logs automatically
  • Reverse log order
  • Remove temp file after it is downloaded with FromTempDir controller

CA

  • Set SSLv3 extensions correctly to user certificates
  • Bugfix: Expire days cannot be zero anymore

firewall

  • Bugfix: Add redirect migration script to Makefile.am
  • Add support for reporting
  • Add rules to allow DHCP requests from interfaces configured via DHCP
  • Improve redirects

mail

  • Backport from trunk: Added aliases for whole domains
  • Bugfix: alias are deleted when user account is deleted
  • Bugfix: when already exists the maildir, create a new account is
    not allowed
  • Bugfix: Postgrey daemon is disabled by default
  • Bugfix: MDSize attribute should not be restored in systems with MDSize feature disabled
  • Bugfix in logs: mail relayed to external smarthost is now logged, external smarthost relay denied action also logged, relay field now only logs relay data and no unrelated data
  • Summary changed to reflect the changes in mailfilter module
  • Added greylist support
  • Added authentication for external smarthost
  • Added TLS support for external smarthost
  • Add support for reporting

mailfilter

  • Bugfix: validation of General model now works properly
  • Added POP transparent proxy
  • SMTP filter separated from main module
  • Interface overhaul to reflect changes in SMTP filter and addition of POP proxy

openVPN

  • Fix status reporting on dashboard
  • Daemon names are restricted to alphanumerics and ‘-‘. ‘_’, ‘.’ characters
  • Bugfix: servers and clients cannot get any longer the same interface number
  • Added log rotation using logrotate

samba

  • Bugfix: restore machine accounts properly
  • Bugfix: set force directory mode and force create mode to 0660 in shares
  • Bugfix: `printers` method returns an empty list when `ebox-printers` package is not installed
  • Add per-user disk quota

software

  • Add depends on dpkg-dev to parse debian changelog entries
  • Add missing backslash to display update form correctly
  • Restart apache once and not for every package when upgrading or installing

squid

  • Add support for reporting

trafficshaping

  • Detect if there’s an l7 capable kernel using modinfo xt_layer7
  • Add traffic shaping rules to POSTROUTING

usersandgroups

  • Add “allow bind_v2” to slapd.conf
  • Increase maximum password length
  • Make and restore backup more robust: removed slapd.conf parameters in both slapadd and slapcat, so we can use the module with sldap with configuration stored in the directory itself. Ignore missing users in a group

libebox

  • Bugfix: Use ‘window’ as variable instead of ‘Window’ since it is more portable
  • Bugfix: Remove bogus mason tags
  • Remove bogus div end tag
  • Fix items list for titles with single quotes
  • Add new table view without actions
  • Add javascript library to generate report charts
  • Fixing redirect URL coming from proxy
  • Added Chinese from Taiwan and Galician translations

eBox Technologies has recently signed a collaboration agreement with the San Jorge University (USJ) to offer internships for the USJ students. This collaboration aims to give the students an opportunity to gain experience and new knowledge that will help to accomplish their career goals as well as to introduce them to the job market.

The first eBox-USJ intern Alejandro Sanclemente, 4th year computer science student, centers on carrying out his undergraduate thesis project “Virtualized solution of Global VoIP in centralized WIFI setting, based on OSS” during the internship. This project, supervised by the USJ and the eBox Development Team, aims to migrate the services offered by the existing phone system of the USJ to Asterisk 1.6, as well as to allow the use of VoIP.

Within the project, eBox Platform is used to control the network traffic. Besides, the project aims to develop a part of the eBox Platform module that allows the control of certain parameters configured by Asterisk user and administrator profiles with no harm in the administrative configuration. Other features of the project include integration of eBox Platform and Asterisk in LDAP making the user profile sharing possible, carrying out the installation in virtual machine monitor (Xen) or implementation in centralized WIFI setting.

eBox Technologies is proud to announce that Javi Vázquez will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, starting 10th of March, 2009. In this newly-created position, Javi Vázquez will be responsible for developing, designing, managing and continuously improving company’s internal operations to continue to guarantee delivery of efficient products and services for the growing number of partners and clients of eBox Technologies.

Vázquez joins eBox Technologies after eight years at Igalia, company that he co-founded in 2001 and where he served as Managing Director since its foundation. In this position Javi Vázquez was responsible for management, finance, general coordination, recruitment, communication and sales of the company. During this time, Igalia has become one of the largest OSS companies in Spain employing currently 40 people.

“Javi Vázquez is one of the most experienced and qualified professionals in the Spanish OSS business and we are extremely pleased that he has decided to join our team” said Ignacio Correas, CEO of eBox Technologies. “There are few people in the OSS business with the in-depth experience of Javi and we are certain that he is just the right person to help us to develop and scale our business globally”.

“I’m truly excited to join team eBox” said Javi Vázquez. “On the one hand, I think that eBox Technologies counts with an extraordinary team where I believe I can contribute with my experience in management and business development. On the other hand, eBox Platform has become one of the most efficient system administration tools with enormous growth potential”. Vázquez continues “I’m convinced that the combination of excellent team and product will permit us quick and sustained growth. Besides, the current financial situation puts our value offering -reductions in time, problems and costs in the administration of computer networks- in a privileged position.”

Javi Vázquez
Co-founder and Managing Director of Igalia from 2001 until 2009. President of the AGASOL (Galician Association of OSS Companies) from 2007 until 2009. Javi Vázquez received a MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of A Coruña in 2001 and a master’s degree in IT Business Management from the Escuela de Negocios Caixanova in 2004. Besides he has carried out Marketing of Technology studies at the San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2005.

eBox Certified Training at CTA

March 4 2009

Categories: Company

We are glad to announce that the Centro de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CTA) will deliver the first certified eBox Platform course in May 2009 in Zaragoza. The course is aimed at companies located in the region and it will be held in Spanish. The official name of the course is “Administración de sistemas con Ubuntu – Aplicación eBox” and it will be held from the 11th until the 28th of May, in the evenings and with a total duration of 48 hours. All the interested parties can already apply on-line.

The course is aimed at IT professionals who already have a basic knowledge of computer network management, for example, Windows system administrators who are interested in managing computer networks with Linux based systems. The course aims to consolidate the key concepts of computer network management and to allow the students to become productive with eBox Platform in 48 hours.

The course includes a large set of practical exercises with eBox Platform, all of them carried out in a virtual environment installed on each students’ PC. Besides introducing the students to the platform virtualization, this allows them to model computer networks with different servers and clients and to try by themselves multiple network environments and configurations. The detailed course program is available at the CTA web page.

The maximum number of students accepted for this course is 15 and the students are selected based on their curriculum vitae.

eBox has been invited to collaborate on the Master on Free Software (edition 2008-2009), organized by University Rey Juan Carlos in collaboration with Fundación Caixanova and Igalia. This collaboration entails carrying out teaching activities and offering an internship for one of the Master students.

Javier Uruen, CTO of eBox, gave recently a class within the subject “Free software projects – detailed studies” regarding eBox Platform and in few months the selected trainee will start an internship that aims to begin with Snort integration, allowing eBox Platform to operate also as an IDS (Intrusion Detection System).

eBox at IV JCEL on 25th of February

February 11 2009

Categories: Company

eBox CEO, Ignacio Correas and Luis Palomero, CTO of SABECO-SIMPLY have been invited to give a joint presentation in the 4th Conference on Electronic Commerce (IV Jornadas de Comercio Electrónico, JCEL) that is to be held on the 25th and 26th of February at the Centro Politécnico Superior, University of Zaragoza.

The presentation, entitled “Integration of open source software in the enterprise” is based on the experience of implementing eBox Platform at SABECO-SIMPLY, a supermarket chain with 126 supermarkets and hypermarkets, 117 associated establishments and 17 petrol stations located in nine different autonomous communities in Spain.

The presentation aims to explain the different motivations of service providers, developers, clients and end users to use OSS, explain briefly SABECO-SIMPLY’s OSS strategy and current state of implementation and finally, discuss the obtained benefits.

The presentation will be held on the 25th of February from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and both speakers are available for further questions after the presentation. There is no registration fee, but the Conference organization requests the participants to register on-line before the 23rd of February.

The 4th Conference on Electronic Commerce is organized by the Communication Technologies Group (GTC), the Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A) and University of Zaragoza.

eBox Platform at FOSDEM’09

February 7 2009

Categories: Community

eBox Platform CTO, Javier Uruen and Isaac Clerencia (Developer/Analyst) participate in Fosdem`09 that is held this year in Brussels, Belgium, on 7th and 8th of February. FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Development European Meeting) is a free and non-commercial event aiming to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.

If you are interested in meeting with eBox Platform crew, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at info@ebox-platform.com. We’ll be staying in Brussels until Monday, 9th of February.

eBox 1.0-rc2 is ready for testing

January 30 2009

Categories: Releases

Hi fellow eBox users!

Your favorite development team proudly announces the availability of a new release candidate for the 1.0 series.

Let us recall some of the new features that you will find in this new version. eBox now sports a brand new dashboard that takes full advantage of Ajax to greatly improve the user experience. We have shipped new widgets that will allow you to see in real time things like: DHCP leases, Samba users connected to eBox shares, users connected to VPNs, network traffic… In order to customize your dashboard to meet your needs you can drag and drop dashboard widgets, hide those ones that you don’t need and so on. On the mail filter front, this new release ships new interesting features such as: support for greylisting, transparent POP3 proxy, UI overhaul. We have added a new feature to create summarized reports for several modules. The file sharing module now supports per-user quota. Firewall redirects have been improved. And of course, a lot of bug fixing that takes us closer to 1.0.

Please remember this is a release candidate and it’s not ready for production yet. You can install the new packages using our unstable repository. Note that the new packages are only available for Ubuntu Hardy at the moment. Packages for Intepid and Jaunty are underway.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ebox-unstable/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

Changelog

ebox

  • EBox::Module::writeConfFile and EBox::Service scape file’s path
  • Bugfix. Configure logrotate to actually rotate eBox logs
  • Fixed bug in ForcePurge logs model
  • Fixed bug in DataTable: ModelManager was called with tableName instead of context Name
  • Fixing an `img` tag closed now properly and adding alternative text to match W3C validation in head title
  • Backup pages now includes the size of the archive
  • Fixed bug in ForcePurge logs model
  • Now the modules can have more than one tableInfo for logging information
  • Improve model debugging
  • Improve restart debugging
  • Backups and bug reports can be made from the command line
  • Bugfix: `isEqualTo` is working now for `Boolean` types
  • Add support for reporting
  • Refresh logs automatically
  • Reverse log order
  • Remove temp file after it is downloaded with FromTempDir controller

CA

  • Bugfix: Expire days cannot be zero anymore

firewall

  • Add support for reporting
  • Add rules to allow DHCP requests from interfaces configured via DHCP
  • Improve redirects

mail

  • Bugfix: MDSize attribute should not be restored in systems with MDSize feature disabled
  • Bugfix in logs: mail relayed to external smarthost is now logged, external smarthost relay denied action also logged, relay field now only logs relay data and no unrelated data
  • Summary changed to reflect the changes in mailfilter module
  • Added greylist support
  • Added authentication for external smarthost
  • Added TLS support for external smarthost
  • Add support for reporting

mailfilter

  • Bugfix: validation of General model now works properly
  • Added POP transparent proxy
  • SMTP filter separated from main module
  • Interface overhaul to reflect changes in SMTP filter and addition of POP proxy

openVPN

  • Daemon names are restricted to alphanumerics and ‘-‘. ‘_’, ‘.’ characters
  • Bugfix: servers and clients cannot get any longer the same interface number
  • Added log rotation using logrotate

samba

  • Bugfix: `printers` method returns an empty list when `ebox-printers` package is not installed
  • Add per-user disk quota

software

  • Restart apache once and not for every package when upgrading or installing

squid

  • Add support for reporting

trafficshaping

  • Add traffic shaping rules to POSTROUTING

usersandgroups

  • Make and restore backup more robust: removed slapd.conf parameters in both slapadd and slapcat, so we can use the module with sldap with configuration stored in the directory itself. Ignore missing users in a group

libebox

  • Remove bogus div end tag
  • Fix items list for titles with single quotes
  • Add new table view without actions
  • Add javascript library to generate report charts
  • Fixing redirect URL coming from proxy
  • Added Chinese from Taiwan and Galician translations

eBox Platform has just been nominated as one of the finalists for the Innovate!Europe 2009 Edition. As a finalist, eBox is now invited to participate in the Master Class, a three-day training program held by serial entrepreneurs, financiers and experts from Europe and United States aiming to prepare the startups to go global.

As an Innovate!Europe Master Class Graduate, eBox Platform will also have an opportunity to participate in an invite-only trade mission to Silicon Valley to meet high-level audience of venture capitalists, private investors, bloggers and media, facilitating access to financiers, partners and service providers who can further the company’s growth.

“We are very excited to be in the final stages of Innovate!Europe.” said Ignacio Correas, CEO of eBox Platform. “In difficult economic times it is particularly important to have a first-class advice, learn different points of view and explore new horizons, and the Master Class together with the trade mission to Silicon Valley are some of the best opportunities we could have.”

eBox was founded in February 2008 in order to offer already greatly solicited services and technologies based on eBox Platform, an open source software that allows highly automated and efficient computer network management. The development of eBox Platform started in 2004 and currently counts with approximately 10.000 monthly downloads and 1.000 active contributors. At present, eBox is in negotiations with over 30 partners located on four continents and employs 11 people.

Innovate!Europe is the European version of the successful Demo event, a launchpad for emerging technologies in United States, and it has been organised yearly in Zaragoza, Spain, since 2005. This years’ Innovate!Europe consists of three-part program with the final aim to name the top startup in Europe. The winner is granted a three-month stay at Guidewire STUDIO, an in-residence business accelerator in the heart of Silicon Valley.

On past Tuesday 14th October eBox 1.0rc1 was publicly presented in an event hosted at the Aragon Institute of Technology with the support of the Government of Aragon and the City Council of Zaragoza. This is the first preview of eBox 1.0, including all the functionality that was planned in the beginning of the development of eBox four years ago.

During the event, which was attended by some 120 managers and professionals of the IT industry in the region, the commercial strategy of eBox Tehcnologies was unveiled, together with its business development plan. eBox Technologies is an spin-off from Warp Networks, founded in order to launch eBox to the market and continue its development.

The event has had wide media coverage in the printed regional papers and on the online sites, such as europapress, aragoninvestiga, cenatic, opensourceworldconference or somoslibres.org among many others.