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The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 28 Jun 2020 16:55
by shawniverson
Hello folks! :D

In my opinion, eFa is okay and can do the job but as you may be aware, it is based on some pretty old (but tried and true) software. I believe it could be better, and I am starting to get to a point where I can focus on it again.

So, my question for everyone is, where should I and others focus our efforts? This will help me in knowing how radical or cautious I should be moving forward.

Here's a poll to act as a sort of spectrum :dance:

Thanks in advance for your feedback :clap:

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 29 Jun 2020 19:43
by pdwalker
All the rage these days is reskinning a perfectly usable UI for something "sexy".

Please don't do that. Focus on adding whatever changes make using EFA better.

Yes, being able to use the UI on a mobile device is nice, but if I need to manage the system, I'll get to a computer with a web browser, large screen and ssh.

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 01 Jul 2020 09:01
by henk
Agree 100%.

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 05 Jul 2020 17:03
by shawniverson
Oh come on where is everybody's sense of adventure! :lol:

So, thanks to everyone for your responses. The message I am receiving is to maintain compatibility, split 50/50 between options 1 and 2 at the moment.

Therefore, the eFa roadmap would be as follows based on feedback:

1) Maintain compatibility
2) Component changes must be backward compatible, either...
a) As an option you can toggle between
b) As a fully compatible alternative
3) Focus on functionality

Things that probably fit the roadmap
Postscreen support
Ongoing software updates
Latest distro support (i.e CentOS 8)
Engine enhancements (MTA level scanning)
RFC compliant enhancements (i.e. OpenARC)
Any other ideas the community has :)

Things that probably don't fit the roadmap
Engine replacement
GUI replacement
MTA replacement
Major distro changes

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 06 Jul 2020 12:36
by pdwalker
Sounds good. Although you may want to move the Centos 8 compatibility up a bit so you'll have a few more years to work on the other things.

[edit: new -> few. doh!]

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 09 Jul 2020 05:40
by bbrendon
I'd say the User (not admin) part of the GUI is the biggest issue I have. Too much confusion, doesn't look like a normal website (by todays standards).

For admin, you could remove the GUI and just do everything on the shell for all I care. Just stop the bitching from users.

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 09 Jul 2020 07:48
by pdwalker
Can you be a bit more specific? What gripes do your users have about the UI? What do they find confusing about it?

Or are they just unhappy with the way it looks because it doesn't use a modern "clean" and "responsive" design?

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 10 Jul 2020 10:09
by ajmind
The greylisting could be more comfortable to manage, i.e. selecting entries by wildcards.

A live view of the (watch or tail), of the maillog would be nice to have.

I would also prefer remain stable over UI refresh.

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 10 Jul 2020 10:22
by pdwalker
ajmind wrote: 10 Jul 2020 10:09A live view of the (watch or tail), of the maillog would be nice to have.
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/407 ... f-filename ?

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 04 Oct 2020 15:53
by webguyz
Auto update daily. My FreePBX system sends me an email daily of all the various pieces it updated (or no update)

Gives me a sense of comfort getting that daily report like below:

This is an automatic notification from your FreePBX (WebGuyz PBX) server.

System update check completed. See log below:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Transaction Summary : No packages marked for update
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Would like to see that in EFA going forward and FreePBX is based on Centos 8 as well.

Otherwise everything else works great. Gui could be prettier but is very functional and now that I'm used to it, not sure I want another one to have to learn. keep up the great work and Thank You!

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 06 Oct 2020 04:40
by pdwalker
webguyz wrote: 04 Oct 2020 15:53 Auto update daily. My FreePBX system sends me an email daily of all the various pieces it updated (or no update)
You don't get enough mail already?

I only want mail when there is a problem. If there are daily reports of some kind, please keep it optional.

Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Posted: 27 Jul 2022 18:47
by cdburgess75
Wish list
Needs more attention on DKIM and SPF options (to quarantine, not to quarantine)
Needs better reporting (more scheduled options)
Need more outgoing scanning functionality