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DistroWatch.com: Zeroshell


Last Update: 2017-03-15 06:58 UTC

Zeroshell is a small Linux distribution for servers and embedded devices with the aim to provide network services. It is available in the form of live CD or compact Flash image and it can be configured using a web browser. The main features of Zeroshell include: load balancing and failover of multiple Internet connections, UMTS/HSDPA connections by using 3G modems, RADIUS server for providing secure authentication and automatic management of encryption keys to wireless networks, captive portal to support web login, and many others.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 230 (35), 6 months: 225 (38), 3 months: 215 (39), 4 weeks: 211 (36), 1 week: 198 (36)

Average visitor rating: 8.5/10 from 2 review(s).

Zeroshell Summary
Distribution Zeroshell
Home Page http://www.zeroshell.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.zeroshell.org/mailinglist/
User Forums http://www.zeroshell.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.zeroshell.org/documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.zeroshell.org/download/
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Feature 3.7.1 3.3.2 3.0.0
Release Date 2017-01-20 2015-02-01 2014-01-14
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CDs 1 1 1
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Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
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Processor Architecture i386 i386 i386
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Version: 3.7.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-19
Votes: 0

Considering this is open source and actively developed it's a very feature rich routing OS built on top of the Linux kernel. Ease of setup is comparable to say DD-WRT or OpenWRT as long as you're not afraid of the command line and you have a relatively modern CPU (I'm using an atom 230 from 2008) install takes around 3 minutes. Configuration, however, takes as long as you want it to. This is a feature rich firewall/router distro, think of pfsense but it's not so picky about what you install it to. I had a serious difficulty getting pfsense to work on my Zotac atom board, I had trouble getting it to work on an AMD FX 8600 as well. Zeroshell, however, installed and booted almost instantly. Running from a 16gb SSD from an old Chromebook and on a 9-year-old SOC Zotac board I'm very impressed with its capabilities. The only reason it's not getting a full 10 stars is because documentation on install is not as complete as I would like. If I didn't have years of distro hopping under my belt and followed the install procedure to at I would have run into some prickly issues as to the overcomplicated install directions I found online. I did a simple dd if=/path/to/source.img of=/dev/usb bs=4M and had the router up and running in 10 minutes.

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Version: 3.3.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-03-07
Votes: 0

I like this distro because web based configuration

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