The Amahi team is happy to announce a major new release of the Amahi platform!
A little while in the making, with stability and usability in mind, it brings the goal is a little closer:
Making Home Networking Simple!
Version 4.0 of the Amahi platform (for Fedora 10 only) hit the wires yesterday. It brings support for Primary Domain Controller, a new module system to remotely control your router/firewall, ability for apps to create their own servers and shares, and more!
Read on for all the details, but before that … A Call To Action!
We get feedback that we need more marketing! We’d like to ask you, our user community, to help publicize Amahi and this new release, with your friends, in your favorite forums, in twitter (yes, we’re @amahi!), in Facebook/MySpace/FriendFeed/etc. and any other forums you like!
Now let’s get right to the new features!
- Improved Dashboard and Setup UI
- Primary Domain Controller
- Router and Firewall control
- New application features
- Other things going on
Our dashboard and setup pages have changed. The Dashboard can handle many more applications and it looks better. Under Setup, there is now a new Settings tab for controlling advanced settings and router control. There are also user interface improvements in it. When installing an application, the special instructions for that app are shown immediately.
With Advanced Settings enabled, a few other options for more sophisticated features show up under the Shares tab and the Applications tab. Router control is also under settings, as an in-development feature (shows up under networking when it’s enabled).
One of the most demanded feature included in this release is that you now have the capability to run your HDA as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
PDC allows your HDA to control the features and application permissions your users may be granted access to in their computers, with the use of a single username and password combination. It also does things like mapping/mounting all the common shares automatically. This is why it is regarded as more of an “enterprise” feature.
This is especially beneficial to small businesses, home offices, and (sophisticated) parents!
This feature allows you to remotely control your router or firewall from the HDA setup pages. This feature is modular (if there is a module for your router/firewall, you can control it from your HDA, with no need to forward ports manually through VPN, etc.).
Help us out on this feature! It only involves writing some ruby code to interface the more popular routers and firewalls.
Applications may come with their own server and their own share. This is so that, for example, a bittorrent downloader can put files in its own share, and run as it’s own server, and be controlled by the user! A few apps already take advantage of this, like of the most popular apps, uShare and Transmission. More will take care of this going forward, which makes things easier to use and set up!
A new section under Applications allows control and monitor the various servers running in your HDA, such as uShare, DNS server, DCHP server (a long requested feature), VPN server, etc.
This means you can now more easily monitor and easily control what’s happening. Remember it’s your network! Run it like you mean it!
A few popular applications are out, including one, eyeOS, which is an entire Operating System in your browser, yes you read that right!
In the development front we have …
The Fedora 11 update is now under way, with at least two F11 machines running in testing. Fedora 11 was announced in May and it looks stable.
And a little native app called ServerTweet that sends alerts on disk and bandwidth usage, programs running, temperature levels via Twitter is also nearing release. Pretty cool!
Big thanks to our community and our testing group. This update went very smoothly!
We are well on our way to developing the next platform thanks to the community members Rampage537, BK, cpg, GeraldW, pjcrux, Bigfoot65 and others for the help and support!
OK, OK, we will do more frequent (and smaller!) updates! 🙂
for the entire Amahi Team and Community