South African OSS Developer wins Shorewall Logo Design Competition

PRESS RELEASE: “South African OSS Developer wins Shorewall Logo Design Competition”, 7 January, 2009


A logo design by Gareth Davies, of South African Open Source Software developers, THUSA, has won the Shorewall Logo Design Competition. The announcement was made yesterday by Shorewall developer Roberto C. Sanchez.

THUSA makes extensive use of the Open Source firewall tool, Shorewall, in its Vulani server product which is due to be launched in South Africa in February 2009 and was eager to contribute to the Shorewall project through this unique opportunity.

THUSA MD, Warwick Chapman, explains: “In addition to contracting the services of Shorewall developers from time to time, THUSA felt it should allocate some time to designer Gareth Davies to have a crack at the Shorewall Logo Design Competition.” Davies duly submitted four designs, eventually winning the competition with his third design.

THUSA will be launching Vulani in South Africa after over 3 years of active development and 5 years of R&D. Vulani aims to bridge the gap between the opportunities to lower cost and improve openness provided by Open Source Software, and the complexity of deploying, maintaining and monitoring Open Source Systems. Vulani development is partly supported by a grant from the SPII Fund of the dti.

THUSA was established in 2002 and has grown from a basic IT support business to include several focus areas including software development and OSS solutions. THUSA’s primary development focus is the OSS-based Vulani server product due for release in South Africa in February 2009.

Vulani has been developed taking into account our collective experience as a Microsoft Partner, in networking consulting and in Open Source Software systems and development. Vulani provides a safe and sustainable solution to utilising Open Source Software solutions in any enterprise – drastically lowering TCO and simplifying management.

About Shorewall
The Shoreline Firewall, more commonly known as “Shorewall”, is a high-level tool for configuring Netfilter. You describe your firewall/gateway requirements using entries in a set of configuration files. Shorewall reads those configuration files and with the help of the iptables utility, Shorewall configures Netfilter to match your requirements.

Shorewall can be used on a dedicated firewall system, a multi-function gateway/router/server or on a standalone GNU/Linux system. Shorewall does not use Netfilter’s ipchains compatibility mode; as a consequence, Shorewall can take advantage of Netfilter’s connection state tracking capabilities to create a stateful firewall.

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