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New “bookshelf” case coming soon

Extruded case for the ALIX 2

We’re pretty excited about our new case design, and we think you will be too.

With an extruded, rather than folded body, this new ALIX 2 case allows you to just slide the boards in and out with ease, and looks very sleek.

In fact, we think it looks so good that you’ll want to just slip it into your bookcase, between your copy of “HTML for dummies” and your LOTR DVD collection.

The new cases are currently in production, and will be available next month. Initially we’ll be offering them in red, black and blue, followed soon after by orange, green and yellow.

In other news…

New products

This month we have a new SATA hard drive mounting kit for the net5501. You can buy it as a separate kit, or as an add-on to the net5501 box or rackmount server.

And we can’t get hold of the same USB Compact Flash card readers that we’ve had for a while, so when they run out of stock, you’ll have to grab one of our new SanDisk Compact Flash card readers instead.

Product changes

Now it’s the WRAP 1-1’s turn to run out of stock. At this rate they’ll be gone within the month. And when they’re gone, that’s it – no more WRAPs, ever!

And we’re running low on net4801’s with 128MB of RAM. Thanks to the chips being discontinued, we can now only get 233MHz / 128MB boards, and we’re thinking they’re not such a great option any more. So we’ve discontinued our rack mount net4801, and are currently only offering 256MB boards in our net4801 boxes.

We still have net4801 boards with 256MB of RAM (and a 266MHz processor), and we’re also reviewing pricing on all of our net boards, so keep an eye out for some changes next month.

Extra bits

pfSense® v1.2 released!

The pfSense® project have finally released version 1.2 of their excellent package. This version fully supports the new ALIX boards, so we’re now offering it as an option on the ALIX 2 and ALIX 3 products.

m0n0wall v1.3b9 available on the ALIX

Even though it’s still technically in beta, we’ve decided to start offering monowall 1.3 (beta 9) on the ALIX 2 and ALIX 3. This latest version of monowall is based on FreeBSD 6.x, which means that it now supports Atheros cards – that is, our CM9, Senao 400mW, Ubiquiti SR2 and Ubiquiti SR5 wireless cards – and has a few new features as well. But that also means it needs a bit more grunt to run – perfect for the new ALIX boards.

Being a beta version, we can’t recommend it for production environments, as it’s possible that it contains serious bugs. But if you want to give a try, we’re happy to install it for you.

New ‘cases’ page in online shop

To reflect our growing range of case designs, we’ve added a new ‘cases’ page to our online shop. Over the next couple of months we’ll be reorganising and adding to our collection of cases, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on one of them, watch this space.

New ‘what we care about’ section

We thought you might be interested to read about some of the things we care about here at Yawarra.

We like to take care of people – our customers, our suppliers and our staff – and we do what we can to minimise our impact on the planet, with plans to do more in the future. You can read more about it on our ‘about us’ page.

Storeperson job filled

Our storeperson job has now been filled. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the position.

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