Posted by: mstauber Category: General

The BlueOnyx 5207R demo server has just been updated with the latest development snapshot.

Here is another progress report about the development of BlueOnyx 5207R/5208R with the new GUI.

Last night I finished the work on the last two pages of "Virtual Site Management". With that step the new GUI now has the same functionality as the existing BlueOnyx 5106R/5107R/5108R GUI's. It goes even slightly further than that, as certain DNS records can now start with an underscore and certain DNS records can have a '*' wildcard in the hostname. Likewise, web server aliases may now have a '*' wildcard in the hostname, too.

The only thing left to finish is the web based setup wizard, which will be completed within the next 2-3 days.

After that there are plans for some additional functions. Some of which will make it into the first BETA release of BlueOnyx 5207R/5208R. Others will be added during the BETA-testing.

If you want to take a look at the current state of things, then here are the login details:

Various accounts with different rights are available in the demo:

Server Administrator:

Username: admin
Password: demo123.


Username: blueonyx
Password: demo123.


Username: siteadmin
Password: demo123.

Unprivileged Vsite User:

Username: user
Password: demo123.

So far the development has taken one year and seven months and there were times when I was up to my ears in code-spaghetti, having the knife sticking in a dozen libraries and classes and nothing worked right. There have been times when a small and sensible change or other unleashed the hell of having to go back and fix things that were now broken.

But that time is long over and in the last couple of months the development has progressed at good speed with very few setbacks or surprises.

There are still things that I want to add to BlueOnyx 5207R/5208R before we leave it out of the BETA-test:

  • More refined reseller management: Ability to dissalow things like AnonFTP and Shell access, PHP and so on.
  • Some fixes and changes in how FTP support is handled.
  • Support module: Generation of troubleshooting report and the ability to request support from within the GUI.
  • SSH key and certificate management from within the GUI.
  • Import of users and emails from third party servers via IMAP-Sync.
  • API improvements to allow provisioning of 'reseller' accounts.

But that's just the short list of things that's in the cooker. There will be more sometime down the road.

So please check out the demo and if you like to contribute to the development, then please consider donating to the project and/or making time available for BETA-testing once we have the BETA ready.


  BlueOnyx is available free of charge. For all purposes, may they be personal, commercial, educational or whatever else you might want to use it for. However: Keeping BlueOnyx updated, adding new features to it and releasing updated ISO images is a lot of work. If you like BlueOnyx, then please consider donating something to the project. Thank you and enjoy using BlueOnyx!


Apr 26, 2014 Category: General Posted by: mstauber
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