Announce: BIRD Routing Daemon 1.0.0

From: Martin Mares (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 04:06:18 EST

Hello, world!\n

   I'm glad to announce the first public release of the BIRD Internet
Routing Daemon which is a GPL'ed routing daemon for UNIX-like systems.
You can download it from
If you want to know more, there is the README from the distribution archive.

                                                        Martin Mares


The BIRD project is an attempt to create a routing daemon running on UNIX-like
systems (but not necessarily limited to them) with full support of all modern
routing protocols, easy to use configuration interface and powerful route
filtering language.

This software should be considered a beta version. It has undergone extensive
testing by the authors, but since it's the first public release, only a limited
amount of "real life" experience is known and there still might be problems
with operation in unusual environments.

If you want to help us debugging, enhancing and porting BIRD or just lurk
around to see what's going to develop from this strange creature, feel free
to subscribe to the BIRD users mailing list (,
send subscribes to majordomo at the same machine). Bug reports, suggestions,
feature requests (: and code :) are welcome.

You can download the latest version from
and look at the BIRD home page at

BIRD has been developed as a student project at the Faculty of Math
and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic under supervision
of RNDr. Libor Forst <>.

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

How to install BIRD:

        make install
        vi /usr/local/etc/bird.conf

Online documentation is available as HTML files in the doc directory,
you can install it by `make install-docs' and rebuild it by `make docs',
but for the latter you need SGMLtools and LaTeX to be installed on your
machine. You can also download a neatly formatted PostScript version
as a separate archive (bird-doc-*.tar.gz).

What do we support:

        o Both IPv4 and IPv6 (use --enable-ipv6 when configuring)
        o Multiple routing tables
        o BGP
        o RIP
        o OSPF (IPv4 only)
        o Static routes
        o Inter-table protocol
        o Command-line interface (using the `birdc' client; to get
           some help, just press `?')
        o Soft reconfiguration -- no online commands for changing the
           configuration in very limited ways, just edit the configuration
           file and issue a `configure' command or send SIGHUP and BIRD
           will start using the new configuration, possibly restarting
           protocols affected by the configuration changes.
        o Powerful language for route filtering (see doc/bird.conf.example).

What is missing:

        o OSPF for IPv6
        o OSPF multiple areas and virtual links
        o See the TODO list

Good Luck and enjoy the BIRD :)
                                                The BIRD Team
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