Amahi 4.0 is alive! PDC, Router Control, … and more!

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!

In just a handful of weeks that the app gallery has been open, we have reached close to 50 apps live, over 25 apps are in beta, with over 12.000 app installs to date.

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!

If you know any blog, magazine, user group or media outlet that would find it of interest to interview or otherwise report on the latest from Amahi, get in touch with the team or the community!

Now let’s get right to the new features!


Improved Dashboard and Setup

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).


PDC
Welcome to the home domain
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!

Read more on how to use the Amahi PDC feature (note that it requires the pro/business versions of Windows).


Router and Firewall Control

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.).

This feature is under development. Popular requested modules are open-wrt/dd-wrt and UPnP.

Help us out on this feature! It only involves writing some ruby code to interface the more popular routers and firewalls.


New Application Features

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!


Servers
Servers Panel

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!


What else is going on, you ask?

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 Ubuntu port of Amahi is in development under the guidance of @kprav33n. This is very exciting. We will need testers for the Ubuntu port pretty soon!

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.

servertweetAnd 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! πŸ™‚

Carlos
for the entire Amahi Team and Community

19 comments

  1. himlims_ Aug 5

    great news, keep ‘m comming πŸ˜›

  2. lou1z Aug 6

    very nice. keep up the good work. this is definetely a M$ WHS killer!
    is there an upgrade path from f10?
    eg yum upgrade?

  3. israel salgado Aug 6

    very good !

  4. Theo Aug 6

    First of all a big thank for the effort the team has made, secondly a big hurray for this effort, thirdly how can I upgrade to version four.

  5. Stephen Aug 6

    I think that all the servers should automatically upgrade.

  6. icey Aug 6

    Great work !!

    Is version 4 allready in the repo?

  7. s!xsh00terz Aug 6

    Looks good, I’m holding out for the Ubuntu port! πŸ™‚

  8. Tyrell Aug 6

    Great work! Very excited for the upgrade.

    Can’t wait for the Fedora 11 upgrade though! Once we get to Fedora 11, and the RHEL team merges with Fedora 11, the switch to CentOS should be extremely simple (I hope, anyway) and that would make my life easier with my XenServer virtual machines, and easier on the development team, as RHEL/CentOS has a slower development cycle.

    Just my 2 cents, anyway πŸ˜‰

  9. carlos Aug 6

    Yes, the Amahi upgrade is automatic for Fedora 10 HDAs (unless you have turned them off, which is not recommended).

  10. MrMike Aug 7

    Great job!

    Can’t wait for Ubuntu version πŸ™‚

  11. Ryu Aug 7

    Hi Carlos,
    congratulations for the release! πŸ™‚
    i hope to Be able to contribute more soon. Not much free Time actually =\

    ~Ryu

  12. Espen Aug 7

    Waiting for the ubuntu myself πŸ˜€

    Hope its out before 12th october when I get my fiber installed πŸ˜‰

  13. Pagemaster Aug 8

    How can you check to see if your Amahi updated itself?

  14. carlos Aug 8

    Pagemaster, for this release, you can check if there is a settings tab under setup. If there is, you are up to date. You can also check with rpm -q hda-platform (should be 4.0-1 or greater).

  15. besanes Aug 11

    Aug 5 …reeeeeeeeally good date to start a life in my case and a succesful product in yours! congratulations Carlos!

  16. Dean Aug 14

    mmm 😐 it seems that my server is not updating.
    I typed rpm -q hda-platform and it came up with hda-platform-0.98-1

  17. carlos Aug 14

    @Dean, that was the last release for the platform for Fedora 8, from a year ago! You are probably on Fedora 8! (Hey, long time supporter!!)

    You *could* upgrade from F8 to F9 and then to F10.

    However you may be better off getting your data backed up and reinstalling with our latest stable release, Fedora 10.

  18. Stillgar Sep 1

    That brings up a good point.

    Clearly (or not? I don’t know?) better upgrade procedures are in order before this can become a commercially supported app.

    For example I’m building an 8-drive RAID out of 1.5 TB drives (7 active, 1 as a hot-spare). When this gets a few terabytes of data on it, backing up and reinstalling is not something I want to think about.

    Although if I can keep the OS drive separate from the shares, that will probably be fine.

    I’m assuming I can have 2 drives in RAID-1 for the OS, and the 8 drive RAID mounted in a mount point. I could delete all the files under /var/hda/files, use that directory as a mount point I suppose.

    So that takes care of day-to-day redundancy. But you guys need a way to export all the settings to a file.

    If I have to ever wipe the OS drive and re-install everything, I will want/need a one-click way to restore my settings, including my installed app settings.

    I’m sure this is in the pipeline though.

    Hope you don’t see these comments as antagonistic. I’ve been putting Amahi through it’s paces the last few days and really like it.

  19. Sharninder Mar 19

    I just heard the FLOSS weekly episode on Amahi and I am really impressed with the work you guys have been doing. I’m going to download and install Amahi very soon and I’ve got big hopes for this project.

    Are you guys, btw, planning some kinda installer for routers ? Like the way dd-wrt works ?

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