Kunal Deo is a veteran open source developer. Currently he is leading two open source projects: WinOpen64 and KUN Wiki. He is also a KDE developer. He has contributed to many open source projects, including KDE-Solaris and Openmoko. He has written numerous articles on open source, Solaris and Linux- related technologies for various technical magazines around the globe. In his free time he loves playing games on his Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Linux is an excellent choice for a server operating system, no matter what the size of business. However, it is still not very easy to administrate. Recently many distributions have launched their own interface to configure these server components (like Apache and Samba), but really failed at delivering an easy-to-use interface to configure it. That alone turns off many SMB (small and medium business) folks. eBox is trying to fix this particular issue. eBox (or eBox Platform, to give it its full name) can play multiple roles. It can act as a network gateway, an infrastructure manager, a unified threat manager, an office server, a unified communication server or a combination of any of these. eBox is delivering these functions using already popular open source software with a solid administration interface.
As of the current release of eBox (1.2), eBox ships with the following profiles…
eBox Office: File server, print server and groupware server. eBox Office includes ebox-samba, ebox-printers, ebox-egroupware, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software and ebox-monitor.
eBox Communication: Mail server, chat server and VOIP server. eBox Communication includes ebox-mail, ebox-jabber, ebox-asterisk, ebox-mailfilter, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software and ebox-monitor.
eBox Security: Proxy server, intrusion detection system, firewall system and VPN server. eBox Security includes ebox-firewall, ebox-ids, ebox-squid, ebox-openvpn, ebox-mailfilter, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software and ebox-monitor.
eBox Gateway: Proxy server and firewall system. eBox Gateway includes ebox-network, ebox-squid, ebox-firewall, ebox-trafficshaping, ebox-l7-protocols, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software and ebox-monitor.
eBox Infrastructure: DHCP server, DNS server, web server, and NTP server. eBox Infrastructure includes ebox-network, ebox-dhcp, ebox-dns, ebox-openvpn, ebox-webserver, ebox-ntp, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software and ebox-monitor.