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Posted by Panagiotis Mantzouranis on 03 June 2013 05:06 PM
Important new features
Our new version is coming soon, packing the much-awaited user database and management functions.
If you are currently using one of our supported café management suites and have no need for its billing functionality, you can switch to Gizmo’s built in account management system right away and simplify your installation.
A Perfect solution for Universities, Libraries and any type of business that provides public access to computers.
Authentication Plugins & API
The new user system also enables you to tap into authentication procedures and provides flexibility and control over them.
Authentication plugins can redirect authentication requests sent to Gizmo servers, giving you control over authentication procedure.
Functionality to override user management completely using your own plug-in is in the works and will enable the use of any external user account system through Gizmo.
Along the user management feature we have extended our WEB API. It’s now possible to manage users directly though Gizmo’s WEB API interface.
The new version adds support for the following plugin types:
Pre authenticate plugins can be used when you wish to use your own authentication source.
A user account is blacklisted or overused their monthly usage time.
A Server hook is a very simple yet powerful plugin type. With this kind of plugin you have the ability to take full control of the server using our internal API.
Client Virtualization layer removal
A decision was made to remove the virtualization layer from the client module. Up until now the gizmo client was a single executable, something useful but at a cost. The new un-virtualised client module will provide faster startup times, enhanced performance and stability.
As usual, many fixes and optimizations have been implemented (accompanied with a change log). We plan on releasing the new version to the public in a few weeks time, afterwards which we will focus on resolving any problems or bugs that may surface as well as start working on the following features:
The Manager module will be a standalone remote management application that will allow the control and administration of both Gizmo Server and Client Machines remotely.
Faster Communication Protocol
This will improve the peers’ response time, lower CPU usage and optimize network traffic.
Protection Driver and Monitoring Service
This will fully protect the client module from any unauthorized termination and memory modification as well as enable it to recover in case of a crash.
More coming soon! Stay tuned.