Firestarter News

Jul 31 2005

New packages and project update

It's been a while since our last update and many new distributions have been released since. Although Firestarter packages have been available for most of them, they may have been hard to locate. The download page has now been updated to list all supported platforms.

A new version of Firestarter is in development. It will bring many requested features such as support for multiple external and internal network interfaces, robust inbound blacklisting and easy disabling of custom rules.

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Jan 31 2005

Mandrake and 64-bit Fedora packages

The Firestarter team is now producing its own, easy to install, packages for users of the Mandrakelinux 10.1 distribution.

The Fedora Extras project has taken it upon themselves to create 64-bit versions of Firestarter for Fedora Core 3 users. You will need a 64-bit AMD or EM64T processor and the 64-bit version of FC3 to use these packages.

You can find the new packages on the download page.

Jan 29 2005

Firestarter 1.0.3 available

Because of a bug in Firestarter 1.0.2 that prevents the introduction wizard from completing, we are immediately releasing version 1.0.3.

If you already downloaded 1.0.2 and did not run into this bug, you do not need to update.

Changes in Firestarter 1.0.3
Download Firestarter 1.0.3 now!

Jan 28 2005

Firestarter 1.0.2 available

Firestarter 1.0.2 is now available for download. This upgrade includes some enhancements to the program and a number of bugfixes.

Changes include Samba specific fixes, decreased CPU resource usage, improvements when running a restrictive outbound policy and other policy changes to ensure trouble-free operation out of the box.

Changes in Firestarter 1.0.2

Jan 7 2005

Manual available for download

The Firestarter manual is now available for download in PDF format for those of you who want to print it out or browse the documentation offline.

Dec 13 2004

Firestarter 1.0.1 available

Firestarter version 1.0.1 is now available for download. This update fixes some problems found since the initial release of 1.0.

A big "thank you" goes out to everyone who submitted feedback and bug reports.

Changes in Firestarter 1.0.1

Dec 1 2004

Debian package, FAQ available

A Firestarter 1.0 package is now available for Debian thanks to the hard work of our package maintainer Yann Verley. If you are running Sid, simply apt-get install firestarter to get the latest version.

Ever wondered how to get Firestarter to load automatically when you log in, and without nagging you for a password each time? Well wonder no more, our new FAQ tells you what to do in plain English.

Nov 27 2004

SuSE and Slackware packages, VPN info

Firestarter 1.0 packages for SuSE 9.2 and Slackware are now available. Many thanks to Sebastien Corot and Slackcare for providing packages for these two fine Linux distributions.

SuSE users can now install Firestarter with Apt for SuSE by simply typing apt-get install firestarter. Very convenient.

Although Firestarter 1.0 does not support VPNs by default, a section on workarounds for the most popular VPN implementations has been added to the manual. We hope to add proper VPN support directly into Firestarter for version 1.1.

Nov 24 2004

Firestarter 1.0 released!

After many years in development, the Firestarter team is proud to present the 1.0 version of the program. This version adds many new features and security benefits:

With the release of Firestarter 1.0, we are also launching our new site We hope you like it, and be sure to check out the new Firestarter manual.

Download Firestarter 1.0 now.
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