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IPFire

Last Update: 2017-02-18 00:43 UTC


IPFire is a Linux distribution that focusses on easy setup, good handling and high level of security. It is operated via an intuitive web-based interface which offers many configuration options for beginning and experienced system administrators. IPFire is maintained by developers who are concerned about security and who update the product regularly to keep it secure. IPFire ships with a custom package manager called Pakfire and the system can be expanded with various add-ons.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 126 (82), 6 months: 142 (72), 3 months: 158 (64), 4 weeks: 166 (47), 1 week: 153 (48)

Average visitor rating: 10/10 from 1 review(s).


IPFire Summary
Distribution IPFire
Home Page http://www.ipfire.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.ipfire.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums http://forum.ipfire.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.ipfire.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.ipfire.org/downloadLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugtracker.ipfire.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-12-21: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 108
 • 2016-07-12: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 103
 • 2016-04-14: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 100
 • 2015-12-11: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 95
 • 2015-10-27: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 94
 • 2015-08-17: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core Update 93
 • 2015-06-13: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 91
 • 2015-05-28: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 90
 • 2015-04-21: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 89
 • 2015-02-27: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 87
 • 2015-01-24: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.15 Core 86
 • 2014-10-17: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.15 Core 84
 • More IPFire releases...

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Feature 2.19-core109 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52
Release Date 2017-02-17 2015-01-24 2014-04-16 2012-12-19 2011-09-17
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 1 1 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- --
Package Management pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586 armv5tel, i586 armv5tel, i586 i586
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual de, en, es, fr, pl, ru de, en, es, fr, pl, ru de, en, es, fr, pl, ru de, en, es, fr, pl, ru de, en, es, fr, pl, ru
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2.19-core109 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52
Package 2.19-core109 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.0.27.1 1.0.27.1 1.0.27.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 3.2 3.1 3.1
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.11.0-P2 9.9.5 9.3.2 9.3.2 9.3.2
chromium (57.0.2987.110) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.2) 2.0.4 1.7.0 1.4.8 1.4.8 1.4.6
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.2.2 4.2.2 3.1-ESV-R3
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.6 1.42.6 1.41.11 1.41.11
firefox (52.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.7.1) 2.1.10 2.1.10 2.1.10 2.1.10 2.1.10
gcc (6.3.0) 4.9.3 4.4.7 4.4.7 4.0.4 4.0.4
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.12 2.12 2.12 2.3.6 2.3.6
gnome-shell (3.24.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.00) 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.11) -- -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.25) 2.2.29 2.2.27 2.2.23 2.2.23 2.2.20
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 13 13 -- -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.3.1) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.10.6) 3.14.79 3.10.44 3.2.48 2.6.32.45 2.6.32.45
Package 2.19-core109 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
mysql (5.7.17) 5.0.96 5.0.96 5.0.24a 5.0.24a 5.0.24a
nautilus (3.24.0) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u121) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.4p1 6.0p1 5.8p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.1k 0.9.8y 0.9.8x 0.9.8r
perl (5.24.1) 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.12.3
php (7.1.3) 5.3.27 5.3.27 5.3.27 5.3.16 5.3.5
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 2.10.0 2.10.0 2.10.0 2.6.5 2.6.5
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.0 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.2
qt (5.8.0) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.6.1) 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.22 3.5.20 3.5.11
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (45.8.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.2
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- 0.8.6i 0.8.6i
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) -- -- -- -- --

Reader Ratings
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Version: 2.19-core109
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-07
Votes: 1


I was first introduced to IPFire when looking for a drop in replacement for a Cisco/Linksys router with VPN.
Te device was failing a compliance test because of SSL was outdated. I worked with Cisco for three months trying o update the firmware and it kept failing the compliance testing. Frustrated I stated looking for a Open Source solution, I tried several and found that only IPFire was truly helpful in my endeavor. Simple configuration of the Firewall and VPN. IPFire passed the compliance testing, not only that it has been continually updated and we have experienced no failed tests with updated versions.
I have not used much of the available options, such as samba, there are all sorts of packages that can be installed via a convenient https interface on the local network.
I highly recommend this specialized Firewall Router Linux Distro.


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