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Jolla’s 3D files let you print your own smart covers

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Willing to change the look and feel of your Sailfish OS device? Here’s some good news. Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has released a pair of smart covers dubbed ‘The Other Half’ that not only change the way your phone looks like, but also facilitates a number of UI changes. Jolla has also released the Other Half developers kit, which includes 3D files and technical specs for developers and fans to print their own smart covers.

By releasing details to 3D print The Other Half of the Jolla smartphone, the company remains committed to an open source platform of hardware and software.

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OPNsense 20.1-RC1 Released For Popular BSD-Based Firewall / Routing OS

The release candidate of OPNsense 20.1 is available this weekend, the FreeBSD/HardenedBSD-based networking/firewall OS that forked from pfSense now a half-decade ago. The OPNsense 20.1 release has been working on a variety of security improvements, VXLAN device support, working on the transition to a fully plug-able device infrastructure, plug-in updates, and many other changes. Read more Original message:

  • OPNsense 20.1-RC1 released
    Hi there,
    
    For over 5 years now, OPNsense is driving innovation through modularising
    and hardening the open source firewall, with simple and reliable firmware
    upgrades, multi-language support, HardenedBSD security, fast adoption of
    upstream software updates as well as clear and stable 2-Clause BSD licensing.
    
    We thank all of you for helping test, shape and contribute to the project!
    We know it would not be the same without you.
    
    Download links, an installation guide[1] and the checksums for the images
    can be found below as well.
    
    o Europe: https://opnsense.c0urier.net/releases/20.1/
    o US East Coast: http://mirrors.nycbug.org/pub/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o US West Coast: https://mirror.sfo12.us.leaseweb.net/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South America: http://mirror.upb.edu.co/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South-East Asia: https://ftp.yzu.edu.tw/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o Full mirror list: https://opnsense.org/download/
    
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    o system: support for manually removing static route entries
    o system: migrated logging to MVC
    o system: regenerate default DH parameters
    o system: randomize session ID in test cookie
    o system: remove legacy XMLRPC push on changes
    o system: deprecate the use of services.inc
    o system: opt-out on "Allow DNS server list to be overridden by DHCP/PPP on WAN" for selected interfaces
    o system: increase PHP memory limit to 512 MB
    o system: opnsense-auth can now respond with extended properties in JSON on successful authentication
    o interfaces: loopback device support
    o interfaces: VXLAN device support
    o interfaces: first steps toward fully pluggable device infrastructure
    o interfaces: remove default load of netgraph framework on bootup
    o interfaces: interfaces: move description into top block and rename titles
    o interfaces: only trigger newwanip event for affected interfaces
    o firmware: revoke 19.1, trust 20.1 fingerprint
    o firmware: new mirror in Zurich, CH contributed by ServerBase AG
    o firmware: add live search to mirror selection
    o dhcp: add OMAPI configuration support (contributed by Yuri Moens)
    o ipsec: add configurable dpdaction (contributed by  Marcel Menzel)
    o ipsec: refactor tunnel settings page
    o unbound: add options for logging queries and extended statistics (contributed by Flightkick)
    o mvc: BaseListField ignoring empty selected field
    o ui: jQuery 3.4.1
    o plugins: os-dyndns 1.19 adds dynv6 and Azure DNS support (contributed by Ralf Zerres and martgras)
    o plugins: os-haproxy 2.20[2]
    o plugins: os-zabbix-agent 1.7[3][4]
    o ports: ca_root_nss 3.49.1
    o ports: curl 7.68.0[5]
    o ports: openssl 1.1.1d[6]
    
    Known issues and limitations:
    
    o HardenedBSD 12.1 has been postponed to the next major release
    o Nano growfs does not work on this release candidate, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
    o Installer still advertises 19.7, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
    o Legacy MPD5 plugins os-l2tp, os-pppoe and os-pptp have been deprecated and will no longer receive updates
    o i386 has not been deprecated for the time being