StartCom made a strategic switch concerning the update mechanism and all current and future operating systems will receive their updates via the new YUM. Other changes and additions for AS-3.0.5 are full support for smart cards from the OpenSC project, addition of Firefox and Thunderbird (both 1.5 versions) with the natural support for the StartCom Free SSL Certification Authority, but also some 300 other updated packages.
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Linux is a UNIX like Operating System, famous for its reliability and security features, that runs on all kinds of computers. Linux was started by Linus Torwalds in 1991. The Linux Kernel and most applications it offers, are GNU or GPL licensed, mostly Open Source.
The StartCom Linux operating systems, are based on the RedHat Enterprise source code each modified with reliability, security and efficiency in mind, to fit the tasks assigned to each flavor of StartCom Linux.
The StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-3 (Maccabee) remains still a very popular download, specially by users who want to re-use their older hardware. Mainly used for serving web application, mail or file storage / sharing in middle-sized environments, the proved operating system with its rock-solid 2.4 kernel received some new features and updates.
- StartCom made a strategic switch concerning the update mechanism and all current and future operating systems will receive their updates via the new YUM version. Specially for the AS-3.0.5 release, StartCom back ported YUM for this operating system in order to allow an easy and reliable update mechanism. The up2date service which was in place previously will be discontinued. This new version will be the last and final update release of the AS-3 series. All updates will be supported and handled via the YUM updater.
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