Turris MOX: meet our modular router!

April 3, 2018

Turris MOX

After a lot of hard work from our fantastic HW and SW development team, today is the day we can finally say that we are far enough to introduce you to Turris MOXthe first ever modular open-source router!

What does modular mean? Well, for now, we offer 4 modules: Basic (CPU, USB 3.0, microSD slot, GWAN), Extension (mPCIe slot), Ethernet (4× GLAN) and SFP (SFP connector). It is up to you to decide how you want to combine the modules and whether you want a router, an AP, a five port switch, or even a media converter. Just like Turris 1.X and Turris Omnia, Turris MOX will also be open hardware and run on a distribution of OpenWRT. All of these features are thought to give our users maximum freedom - you decide what function you want to use, you decide how you want to hack it! At the same time, as with Omnia, we offer a secure default configuration, an easy setup and most importantly automatic updates

Are you already as excited as we are? To find out more about what individual modules look like and how to combine them, please visit our project on Indiegogo. We ...

Turris Cloud: a smooth router for every network administrator

April 1, 2018

There’s plenty of routers on the market for various end-users demands. But have anybody thought about network administrators needs? We did - and our answer is Turris Cloud! 

Turris Cloud meets today’s latest trend to store everything in a nice smooth cloud. All your data, memories and dream will stay there safe and they will be protected by the best security mechanisms of Turris routers. Shortly: Turris Cloud is the router of your dreams!

How to use Turris Cloud as an experienced network administrator - save your dreams

Foto 1: Turris Cloud, router of your dreams

The body of Turris Cloud is made of polyester plush and it’s fully compatible with all Turris routers. Antennas automatically fold itself to not interfere with user’s own data storage. 

Turris Cloud front view

Foto 2: Front view

Turris Cloud will be available from April 3rd on Indiegogo for a discounted price. 

We would kindly like to note that some of the features of Turris OS 3.10 (now in RC) won’t be available in Turris Cloud – namely Parental Control to monitor data flows and Cloud Backup to backup router settings. 

Stay tuned and support us on 3 April on Indiegogo! 

Foto 3: How is Turris Cloud produced

Turris Cloud in production facility

Majordomo sunset period

March 26, 2018

The Majordomo package was an early approach towards giving the user an overview of activity inside his internal network through the Turris routers. With the course of time, Majordomo became insufficient as a solution and was replaced by Pakon, which utilizes Suricata to display and analyze  collected data. 

For these reasons, we haven’t been further developing Majordomo and are considering it‘s gradual removal from our supported package list as soon as it has functionally been replaced by Pakon. If you are using Majordomo solely for monitoring network traffic, not much is going to change for you, you can simply switch to Pakon‘s CLI or web interface. For those users, who want to have access to archived data, we will prepare a static clickable display of their data. The Majordomo module will then gradually be removed from Turris OS, so that it‘s outdated state doesn‘t pose a security threat. 

The Pakon web interface will be part of Turris OS version 3.10 and Majordomo would in that case be eliminated in summer 2018. If you have any questions or comments about letting Majordomo go, please post them here.

Reporting from Chemnitzer Linux-Tage

March 14, 2018

During the 11th and 12th March, the Turris Team attended Linux-Tage Chemnitz, which is a big event centered around Linux and free software and has been taking place in Chemnitz in neighboring Germany for the past twenty years. LTC 2018 was an exceptionally well-organized conference and the atmosphere warm and friendly, it was a pleasure to attend. Hats off to the organizing team! We would also like to thank all the people who took the time to stop by our stand, it was a pleasure to talk to you. Finally, thank you to vpsFree.cz for being such good neighbors and helping to strengthen the Czech core. We are already looking forward to next year, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures and a promise to link to our presentation (in German) once the video is up! 

See you at LTC2019 and happy routing!

For the Turris Team,

Nora Kořánová  

What happened at InstallFest?

March 5, 2018

InstallFest is a small Linux themed conference organized by Silicon Hill, which annually takes place in Prague. Talks are almost exclusively in Czech. Please see the Czech version of this post for details on talks from the Turris Team and other CZ.NIC colleagues. 

An invitation to InstallFest

Feb. 28, 2018

InstallFest is a small Linux themed conference organized by Silicon Hill, which annually takes place in Prague. Talks are almost exclusively in Czech. Please see the Czech version of this post for details on talks from the Turris Team and other CZ.NIC colleagues. 

FOSDEM‘18 – what a ride!

Feb. 6, 2018

Thanks to everyone, who decided to stop by our stand at FOSDEM’18! It was a pleasure to meet all of you and have a chat about Turris, all things related and non-related and play Turtris. Our event organizer Marcela took a good number of pictures and here is a small selection documenting the event. We had fun, we hope you did too and we hope to see you there next year.  Happy routing! 

Team Turris

Our Team and standTalking to interested passersbyHack our router!Fun with TurtrisMore Turtris actionSmash your old router!Turtris playersOur Foris developer. Don't worry he's only a danger to cookies!Deffinitely not bored with the boardfun with boards

Marcela and some foxy guys

Turris at FOSDEM’18

Jan. 24, 2018

FOSDEM is the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting - a non-commercial, volunteer-organized European event focused on free and open-source software development. This year the meeting takes place the 3rd to 4th of February in Brussels. For the past couple of years, the Turris team has been present and we will also be attending FOSDEM this year, in fact in greater numbers than ever! We are excited to attend the conference and will be looking forward to meeting anyone, who decides to pay our stand in building AW a visit. If you decide to stop by, you will have the chance to chat with our developers and other members of the team, play a game of Turtris, get some stickers or even a 15% discount on Turris Omnia.

See you there!

Critical security issues Meltdown and Spectre

Jan. 5, 2018

      In the first days of January, news came out about two critical security issues called Meltdown and Spectre. They are rather serious security problems, because they affect the majority of the world’s computers. Team Turris in cooperation with other security teams is working intensively on finding a solution to the problems.

     Turris Omnia and Turris 1.x routers are potentially threatened by Spectre, which affects some processors with ARM and PowerPC architecture. As of now, there hasn't been any public news of how Spectre could specifically be used. However, a potential attacker has to have detailed knowledge of the target processor and install dangerous code on the device beforehand in order to cause harm. This means that a potential attacker has to get the opportunity of running his own code on the victim’s device. If you use updated and safe software, the risk isn’t big on Turris Omnia devices. In light of this, we would like to warn our users not to install other software than that distributed by us on their routers. Please be extra careful, if you run virtual servers on your router using LXC containers.

     Finding a reliable solution to the problems is ...

The Christmas dimension in the Turris Team

Dec. 12, 2017

The advent time calls for special attention to our community and gingerbread baking and decorating  is a Czech national tradition. We gave Christmas a little spin this year with our 3D printed (and tested!) gingerbread cutters, which are available on thingiverse.com. We will be thrilled, if you decide to print and try out our cookie cutter and please do share the results with us via any communication channel! Find a tested gingerbread recipe below. 

Team Turris wishes you a happy advent time!

Turris gingerbread

Gingerbread dough:

300 gr. Flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1 teaspoon ground cinamon, ¼ ground cloves

If you want you can add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder to make the dough darker in color. 

100 gr melted butter

100 gr powder sugar 

2 larger eggs

4 tablespoons of honey

Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Whisk the eggs in another bowl with the melted but lukewarm butter and mix in with the contents of the first bowl. The finished dough should be sticky. Wrap it in cling foil and let settle in the fridge at least over night. Roll thin slices from the dough, cut out shapes and ...

Wi-Fi Upgrade Pack for Turris 1.x

Dec. 11, 2017

The older Turris routers (versions 1.0 and 1.1) still have some of the most powerful hardware available today. The only thing they lack in is modern Wi-Fi hardware. They do not permit a 2,4 and 5GHz bandwidth simultaneously, because they only support 802.11 a/b/g/n standards. To bring also our older models up to date, we have prepared the Wi-Fi Upgrade Pack for our Turris 1.x users. The package has a price of 1600CZK and will bring you up to the 802.11ac standard, that is the fastest available wireless connection. 

You can have a look at the precise contents of the WiFi Upgrade Pack and buy it at the Discomp webshop

The Wi-Fi Upgrade pack is for Turris 1.x routers and not for Turris Omnia. Turris Omnia has 802.11ac Wi-Fi from the factory. 

How to contribute to Project Turris

Nov. 10, 2017

If you like Turris and you have an idea how to help us or you just want a special feature or hack, which you think might be interesting for the rest of the community, you can always contribute code. Turris OS is open software, which means that anyone who is able and willing can contribute. Our documentation features an article with a few hints on where and how to contribute. We truly value each contributor and contribution. 

If you don’t feel like coding, but you still want to help our project, another valued way to contribute is to take part in testing new Turris releases. Release Candidate is a system build, which we are currently considering releasing and we frequently ask our community to help us test it. You can easily do that by switching to the RC branch as described in this short article. After you have switched to RC, you can check if your favorite functions still work the way they should and in case they don’t, write to us at tech.support@turris.cz.

Lastly, feel free to have a look at our community documentation, which has grown considerably in the last few months. Our ...