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SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)

SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« on: December 28, 2006, 11:20:22 PM »
Hi everyone,

SME Server 7.1 Release Candidate 1 is on its way to the mirrors.

Thanks,

Gordon, on behalf of the development team


SME Server 7.1

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 7.1 This release has many new features and fixes for previously reported issues.

All SME Server users should upgrade to this release.

The packages in 7.1 will be made available as updates for SME Server 7.0

Bug reports and reports of potential bugs should be raised
in the bug tracker (and only there, please);
   http://bugs.contribs.org/

Major changes from SME Server 7.0

-The CD no longer boots automatically into the installer
- The installer now provides many raid and lvm configuration options
- The Software Installer has been enhanced to provide better feedback during installs and to deal with large update sets
- Local mail delivery is noticeably faster
- The clam filesystem scan now scans /home/e-smith/files by default
- A list of work included in this release can be found here:
   http://bugs.contribs.org/showdependencytree.cgi?id=2036

About SME Server

SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium
enterprises. SME Server is brought to you by SME Server, Inc.
( http://www.smeserver.org/ ), a non-profit corporation that exists to
provide marketing and legal support for SME Server.

SME Server is freely available under the GNU General Public License
and is only possible through the efforts of the SME Server community.
However, the availability and quality of SME Server is dependent on
meeting our expenses, such as hosting costs, server hardware, etc.

As such, we ask for a small donation to offset costs and fund further
development.

Please visit http://www.smeserver.org/donate/ to donate.

Installation

- Simple single CD install
- The default installation procedure will rewrite all disks in the system
- Automatic detection of multi-CPU and HyperThreading CPUs
- In order to install on i586 machines you will need to do the following:
 - Type "smei586" at the boot prompt

- Many installation problems are caused by the following issues:
* Incorrectly burnt CD:
  Please use the "Media Check" to test your media. This screen is
  presented at the start of the installation
* Faulty memory
   - Type "memtest86" at the boot prompt
* Unsupported or faulty hardware
 - Check the memory and CD media
 - Use good quality cables and an error-free CDROM drive
 - Ensure master/slave configuration is correct, if appropriate
 - Disable onboard RAID controllers
 - Disable power saving and ACPI features in the BIOS

Automated RAID installation

NOTE: All disks must be the same size for SME Server 7

- The default installation provides the following setup:
 - Single disk provides one-way RAID1
   - Console screen allows simple addition of second disk to provide mirroring
 - Two disks are configured as a RAID1 mirror
 - Three to five disks are configured as RAID5 (/boot partition is RAID1)
 - Six or more disks are configured as RAID6 (/boot partition is RAID1)
- (bug 2015, 2066) The installer provides options to:
 - skip software raid
 - skip logical volume manager
 - force a raid 1 install on the first two disks detected
 - attempt to reserve one disk as a spare
- (bug 130) A script has been provided for conversion from non-RAID to RAID

Upgrades

- Always perform a backup prior to major system upgrades
- An upgrade will preserve the existing data
- Seamless upgrades from unmodified SME Server 7.0, 6.5 6.0.1 and 6.0 servers
- Many common contributed add-ons have been included in the standard
 distribution

Email

- Virus scanning
- Executable attachment blocking
- Spam filtering
 - Automatic tagging with X-Spam-Status header
 - Optional sorting to 'junkmail' mailbox
 - Selectable tagging levels
 - Optional rejection of spam during SMTP transaction
 - Full user/domain recipient filtering
- Attachment conversion from TNEF to MIME
- Pseudonyms panel enhancements
 - Ability to send (e.g.) support@domain1 and support@domain2 to different
   places
 - Can enter pseudonyms of pseudonyms
- Secure POP, IMAP and SMTP
- SMTP authentication for users and for ISP connection
- Horde/IMP3 based webmail
- (bug 1893) Local mail delivery is noticeably faster
 - Different configuration is used for local and external connections
 - Local connections are not subject to spam scanning, and DNS tests

Software installer

- Yum based software installation with server-manager panel
- (bug 59, 1163) Software installer panel has been enhanced to:
 - provide better feedback during installs
 - use multiple mirror sites
 - automatically choose the closest working mirror
 - deal with large updates
 Note: The 'prereposetup' stage may take 5-10 minutes for a large update set
- Standard/safe yum "channels" enabled
 - (bug 1849) CentOS base and updates channels are now enabled by default

General features

- Based on CentOS 4.4 and all available updates
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Software Installer/yum upgrades from 7.0 to 7.1
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2006, 11:30:40 PM »
We have done quite a bit of work to improve the Software Installer and yum based upgrades. We now consult a list of mirror sites, automatically choose the fastest mirror for your server, and failover between mirrors if one of the mirrors is down or has inconsistent data.

You can do a complete upgrade from 7.0 to 7.1 from the server-manager, if you follow this procedure:

- Update only the following packages:

   smeserver-yum
   yum
   yum-plugin-fastest-mirror
   python-sqlite
   
- Then select the rest of the updates (or run "yum update")

- The total updates are over 200Megabytes - an update takes a long time

- The "prereposetup" stage can take 5-10 minutes - this is normal

- See also:

  http://bugs.contribs.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2144
  http://bugs.contribs.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1956

The 7.1 package set should now be visible to all 7.0 servers as updates.

N.B. It is good idea to enable the CentOS base and updates repositories. They are enabled by default in 7.1 and should normally be enabled on all servers, but we didn't want to force them to enabled on existing servers.

Please report bugs and potential bugs to the bug tracker, and only there.

Please don't report them in this forum, report them in the bug tracker.
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Re: SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2006, 10:51:21 PM »
Hi everyone,

SME Server 7.1 is on its way to the mirrors.

Happy New Year everyone

Thanks,

Gordon, on behalf of the development team
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SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2007, 04:26:19 PM »
This is the best christmas/new years gift !!

HUGE thanks to the dev's for this release and happy new year to all.

SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2007, 12:25:51 AM »
Thanks for your work.
Good year to everyone.

sebb

SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007, 10:26:24 PM »
Hi,

As tiny question : is this version a definitive version 7.1 ?
As i don't know very well state of developpement of a version, this one is released candidate, and presented like a final product.

Version 7.0 was RC3 before final 7.0 .

As i just installed a fresh 7.0, and am still importing a version 6.5 production on, i m thinking to restart from a new fresh 7.1.
If it is a almost final, may be should i wait some weeks until final.

Thx for explainations,

Sebb.

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Re: SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2007, 10:39:59 PM »
Quote from: "gordonr"
The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 7.1 This release has many new features and fixes for previously reported issues.

All SME Server users should upgrade to this release.

The packages in 7.1 will be made available as updates for SME Server 7.0


Does this answer your question?

Note the SME Server 7.1 not SME Server 7.1rc (release candidate).
This is the final product.
"It should just work" if it doesn't report it. Thanks!

Offline brianr

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SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2007, 10:41:56 PM »
Hi sebb

Yes, this is the the real 7.1, being installed on my boxes as we speak.

There was only one release candidate, which turned into the actual release very quickly.

You should definately use it to upgrade from 6.5.

Many thanks and congratulations are due to the devs.  

Cheers

Brian
Brian j Read
(retired, but still looking after 5 SME installations)
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yuku

SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2007, 09:28:33 AM »
thanx guys, this is a great product that has just got even better.
what a way to start the new year ;)

keep up the good work

Re: SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2007, 11:34:49 AM »
Quote from: "gordonr"
General features

- Based on CentOS 4.4 and all available updates

Please forgive me if my question is a silly one: what Gordon wrote means that the yum "[base] (Centos - os)" and "[updates] (Centos - updates)" MUST be enabled in the yum_repositories ConfigDB, to have the base CentOS system up-to-date, am I right?

If yes, maybe I have discovered a bug of the 6.x -> 7.x upgrade...
Pierluigi Miranda
Responsabile Sistemi e Reti
Servizio Sistemi Informativi
Agecontrol S.p.A.

SME Server 7.1 Release Status (released)
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2007, 12:40:20 PM »
OK, found an answer in the http://forums.contribs.org/index.php?topic=35618.0 thread, thank you anyway.
Pierluigi Miranda
Responsabile Sistemi e Reti
Servizio Sistemi Informativi
Agecontrol S.p.A.

Version of Apache in 7.x
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2007, 10:10:18 AM »
Sorry to ask but cant find the answer.

What is the version of apache in 7.1?

What is the version of apache in 7.1.1?

Thanks for your time.