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l7-filter Finds a New Home with ClearFoundation

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l7-filter -- the Application Layer Packet Classifier for Linux -- Finds a New Home with ClearFoundation

The L7-filter software is a vibrant open source project.  The software is an application layer packet classifier that can differentiate types of network traffic by protocol; for example it can identify bittorrent, IRC, SIP and many other types of traffic.   In turn, these classifiers can be used to block or shape traffic according to a defined network policy. L7-filter is a very reputable project that has been integrated with ClearOS for some time.

ClearFoundation has been handed the reins and will take on maintenance for the project!  That means the capable ClearFoundation development team will be maintaining the code base, improving features, co-ordinating with other developers and updating software as needed. Documentation, bug tracking, testing, protocol filter definitions, and user feedback round out other maintenance tasks.  With the already thousands strong community and an open source not-for-profit foundation supporting the initiative, maintaining l7-filter is a good fit.

Next Steps

So, what's in store?  By end of April, we expect to have completed the L7-filter migration from SourceForge to the ClearFoundation development infrastructure.  This includes:

  • Documentation - Migrating and updating the L7-filter documentation
  • Bug/Features Requests - Migrating active bug and feature requests
  • Mailing Lists - Enabling mailing lists
  • Source Code - Importing L7-filter source code into the source code management system (SVN)

We will keep you posted!

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