Hello everybody,

The 2016 year has been once again a great one for PacketFence. We have seen the v6 release which brought tons of performance improvements, flexible captive portal with new interface, logging and auditing modules and much more. PacketFence did set the bar even higher for the competition.

We prepare to do this once again with the upcoming v7 release of PacketFence. So far, here is what we plan to include in it:


   *Database Clustering*- PacketFence v7 will make use of MariaDB
   Galera Cluster. Each PacketFence server will hold a copy of the
   database and any cluster member detaching itself from the clustered
   environment will still work and handle endpoint connections
   gracefully. It will automatically resynchronize itself to the
   cluster when network connectivity is restored;


   *Mutli-cluster Management*- PacketFence v7 will introduce a brand
   new administrative interface to manage multiple PacketFence
   clusters. This new module will provide a centralized interface to
   change clusters configuration, perform search operations and
   generate reports on clusters of PacketFence servers geographically


   *Systemd Integration*- PacketFence v7 will make extensive use of
   systemd to start/stop/restart services and it will integrate with
   systemd's process notification infrastructure for improved service


   *Go Language Integration*- Many of the PacketFence v7 services will
   be rewritten using the Go Programming Language. Our DNS resolver,
   DHCP listener, IDS integration engine and others will benefit from
   Go's concurrency support, native code generation and low memory
   footprint. The Go programming language will gradually replace Perl;


   *IPv6 Support*- Our work on IPv6 will continue in PacketFence v7.
   Quarantining of endpoints and WebAuth-based registration using IPv6
   will be supported and more;


   *Administration Interface Improvements*- We will nicely revamp the
   Web interface and simplify the current administration modules we have.

Work has already started and it'll keep us pretty busy!

Finally, the Inverse team would like to wish you all Happy Holidays - let the 2017 year be a great one for PacketFence once again!

Thanks and best regards,

Ludovic Marcotte
lmarco...@inverse.ca  ::  +1.514.755.3630  ::  http://inverse.ca
Inverse inc. :: Leaders behind SOGo (http://sogo.nu), PacketFence 
(http://packetfence.org) and Fingerbank (http://fingerbank.org)

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