Article is from 09.02.2017, here is the translation.
After several beta issues, NethServer 7 has been released. The distribution is based on CentOS and should make it easier for administrators to operate a Linux server in the company.
With NethServer 7, the eponymous project has released a new edition of its Linux distribution for small and medium-sized businesses. The operating system aims to provide administrators with an easy-to-manage open source server.
New base with CentOS 7.3
NethServer is based on CentOS and now relies on version 7.3 of the distribution based on RHEL. Previously, issue 6.8 was used. In addition, NethServer will be able to take over the tasks of a Samba Active Directory Controller in the future. According to the developer’s announcement, the system should also integrate seamlessly in Windows environments.
Also on board is Nextcloud 10. The Fork of the OwnCloud project serves to run a private cloud and leans on services like Google Drive. Further innovations are available at the mail server. He has received a full-text search plug-in in the IMAP or Web client. Instead of Fetchmail Getmail is now used as a mail retrieval agent (MRA).
In addition, the developers of the firewall have added Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) capabilities via nDPI. Rules should be set, for example, to grant only selected employees access to certain cloud services. In addition, it is now possible to make traffic shaping. Its purpose is to ensure that important services are given priority over working hours in the network.
Early inspection instead of MITM
In the case of the transparent HTTPS proxy, the project has removed the MITM function (Man in the Middle). She kept an eye on encrypted traffic. Instead, NethServer should already identify the destination when establishing a connection and, if necessary, prevent the complete transmission or otherwise let the data pass unchanged.
To install additional programs, the Software Collections (SCLs) and NethForge repositories are enabled by default. There are also some visual innovations. For example, the designers completely overhauled the web interface and updated the wizard for first touchdown. NethServer appears as free software under the GPLv3. The developers also offer an enterprise edition with commercial support and other services. (Fo)
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These are magazins for administrators, most “normal” customers aren’t able to make use of it.