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Free x86 router distro rev’d

Apr 21, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 19 views

Vyatta has started shipping a major upgrade to its free Linux distribution for x86-based routers, firewalls, and VPN servers. The big new change in Vyatta Community Edition 4 (VC4) is a move to the open source Quagga routing protocol implementation, for better scalability and a more Linux-like command-line user interface.

Previous versions of Vyatta's community edition used routing software from the open source Xorp project.

VC4 began beta testing on Leap Day. Touted new features include:

  • “FusionCLI” interface supports networking and Linux commands
  • Claimed three-fold performance improvement over Cisco 7204/G1 and 7204/G2 routers
  • Remote access VPN support based on L2TP+IPSec or PPTP
  • Fine-grained QoS control
  • WAN load balancing
  • New PPPoE support
  • Role-based access control
  • DHCP client
  • Equal cost multipath routing

Based on Debian Linux, the final release now available as a 138MB download via HTTP or BitTorrent. More details including download links, documentation, and user forums can be found on a newly launched website.

Lots more details can be found in our earlier coverage, here.

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