Devil-Linux developer Heiko Zuerker has announced that the Devil-Linux 1.8.0 operating system is now open for development, and a Release Candidate is ready for public testing.

Devil-Linux 1.8.0 promises to be a major release with many improvements and additions, among which we can mention the use of SquashFS as the main file system, along with high compression LZ4, and a Google authenticator was added for PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module).

Additionally, there’s now the Sieve filtering support for the Dovecot secure IMAP and POP3 server, thanks to the addition of Pigeonhole, Linux-HA (High-Availability Linux) has been replaced with Corosync 2.x and Pacemaker for those who want the new industry standard tools to create a high availability (HA) server infrastructure.

“This is a major overhaul of Devil-Linux. Most programs and libraries have been updated and unmaintained ones have been removed,” said Heiko Zuerker in the release announcement. “The main file system has been switched to SquashFS, to further reduce the ISO size.”

Most of the core components have been updated

Being a major release, Devil-Linux 1.8.0 comes with updated core components, but it also looks like the developers removed obsolete packages. A new init script was added to /etc/init.d/post_init.local to support other initialization scripts run well after the system is up.

Lastly, the save-config script has been updated to look in the /etc/sysconfig/save-config.conf file for determining which extra files need to be saved, and the Bacula open-source backup tool was replaced with the more advanced Bareos, which means that you’ll need to migrate manually from a previous release.

Starting with Devil-Linux 1.8.0, the bootcd.iso image will no longer be mounted from a storage device. Users are recommended to use bootcd.squash. You can download Devil-Linux 1.8.0 Release Candidate (RC1) right now via our website if you want an early taste of all the goodies mentioned above.

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