Linux Distributions

VyOS – router and firewall platform

VyOS is a network operating system based on Debian. As VyOS runs on standard amd64, i586 and ARM systems, it is able to be used as a router and firewall platform for cloud deployments.

The distro focuses on enterprise, service provider, and network audiences and includes:

  • Multiple dynamic routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, PIM-SM…). VyOS can be used as a border router, as it supports all necessary properties for this task, including dynamic routing protocols with the ability to control external traffic flows.
  • Multiple VPNs (L2TP, WireGuard, IPsec (IKEv1 and IKEv2), DMVPN…). Traditional and new tunneling protocols such as IPIP and GRE, as well as L2TPv3 and VXLAN can be used with or without IPsec protection.
  • Stateful configuration systems with commit/rollback and versioning functionality. It supports stateful firewall for both IPv4 and IPv6 including zone-based firewall, as well as multiple types of NAT (one to one, one to many, many to many). Support for QoS and policy-based routing allows you to ensure optimal handling of traffic flows.
  • A remote HTTP API and scripting APIs for shell and Python.
Working state:Active
Init Software:SysV
Package Management:APT
Release Model:Fixed
Platforms:x86_64, i586, ARM
Developer:VyOS Project Community
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.

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