1. Is there any suggestion on when NetBalance will be available? I am willing to Beta test this or get involved in the development if it helps. I would be very eager to test this and I have a live test environment setup for testing bonded systems.
I know that without the net balancer that allows to make routing decisions based on iptables rules it is not easy to use the VPN Bonding to increase the bandwidth.
The next week will be available the 1.0.beta7 release that will include the support for the Road Warrior VPN connections with OpenVPN. I decided to allow the use of OpenVPN also for Host-to-LAN VPN because I notice that many users have difficulty to configure L2TP/IPSec clients.
I will start to develop the 1.0.beta8 release in October and I hope to complete it in November. This release will include the NetBalancer module.
I assume the NetBalancer module will provide an easy way to configure gateway selection based on destination UDP Port which is effectively what I did on CLI to test the function. This would be a great function and will make ZS a very useful tool!
2. What distribution is ZS built upon?
I don’t use a pre-built distribution such as Debian, Fedora, …, but I use to compile the packages directly from source tar.gz.
In any case, I started with Linux From Scratch.
I have done a few LFS builds but have always wanted to find a small,tight router distribution that could bring ease of development. Having said that LFS is not that difficult once a development system is available (or indeed the LiveCD build systems is used)
3. Would you provide the core distribution of ZS as a general router distribution possibly with no web interface? A self-contained easy to deploy CF based Linux could be very useful for a range of projects.
Why? You don’t like ZeroShell’s web interface?
Quite the opposite! I love the GUI and it is a great tool to have. Keep up the great work on this! The only idea I had was to have a purely CLI system that would allow automated build and deployment based upon a central database. This would make management of multi-sites and remote deployment much easier. I had an idea that a “call home” feature for blank routers would allow easy download of a configuration.
However it was just a thought and something I would have liked to play around with. ZS interface and ease of use is excellent and you have done a great job on this!
Finally, my particular interest is in bonded configurations and I see others are keen on this. I have a lot of experience in this area and I would be willing to create some documentation and setup guides if anyone would be interested in these.
Any documentation is welcome. Specially if the documentation is about the VPN bonding on which many users ask for greater details, but I am too busy to answer.
I will certainly help on this in due course. As soon as you get the NetBalancer module complete I will happily deloy test configurations and extensively test them on mult-line bonded DSL then document the information with setup guides etc.
Thanks and I look forward to developments!