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                       BIRD Internet Routing Daemon
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                     Home page  http://bird.network.cz/
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                  Mailing list  bird-users@network.cz
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                (c) 1998--2008  Martin Mares <mj@ucw.cz>
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                (c) 1998--2000  Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
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                (c) 1998--2008  Ondrej Filip <feela@network.cz>
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                (c) 2009--2017  CZ.NIC z.s.p.o.
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The BIRD project aims to develop a dynamic IP routing daemon with full support
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of all modern routing protocols, easy to use configuration interface and
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powerful route filtering language, primarily targeted on (but not limited to)
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Linux and other UNIX-like systems and distributed under the GNU General
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Public License.
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What do we support
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	o  Both IPv4 and IPv6
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	o  Multiple routing tables
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	o  Border Gateway Protocol (BGPv4)
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	o  Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2, RIPng)
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	o  Open Shortest Path First protocol (OSPFv2, OSPFv3)
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	o  Babel Routing Protocol (Babel)
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	o  Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
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	o  IPv6 router advertisements
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	o  Static routes
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	o  Inter-table protocol
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	o  Command-line interface allowing on-line control and inspection of
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	   status of the daemon
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	o  Soft reconfiguration, no need to use complex online commands to
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	   change the configuration, just edit the configuration file and notify
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	   BIRD to re-read it and it will smoothly switch itself to the new
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	   configuration, not disturbing routing protocols unless they are
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	   affected by the configuration changes
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	o  Powerful language for route filtering, see doc/bird.conf.example
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	o  Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD ports
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How to install BIRD
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	o  From standard distribution package of your OS (recommended)
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	o  From official binary packages for Debian and Red Hat Linux
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	   ftp://bird.network.cz/pub/bird/debian/
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	   ftp://bird.network.cz/pub/bird/redhat/
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	o  From source code of the latest stable release version
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	   ftp://bird.network.cz/pub/bird/
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	o  From source code of the actual development version
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	   git://git.nic.cz/bird.git
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	   https://gitlab.labs.nic.cz/labs/bird/
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How to install BIRD from source code
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	$  ./configure
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	$  make
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	$  su
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	#  make install
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	#  vi /usr/local/etc/bird.conf
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See the file INSTALL for more information about installation from source code.
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Documentation
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Online documentation is available at http://bird.network.cz/?get_doc or as HTML
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files in the doc directory, you can install it by `make install-docs' and
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rebuild it by `make docs', but you'll need SGMLtools and LaTeX to be installed
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on your machine. You can also download a neatly formatted PostScript version as
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a separate archive (bird-doc-*.tar.gz) from ftp://bird.network.cz/pub/bird/
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User support
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If you want to help us debugging, enhancing and porting BIRD or just lurk
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around to see what's going to develop, feel free to subscribe to the BIRD
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users mailing list bird-users@network.cz, just send `subscribe' to
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bird-request@network.cz. Bug reports, suggestions, feature requests and
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code are welcome! We don't use gitlab issues for reporting, sorry.
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Subscribe:	http://bird.network.cz/mailman/listinfo/bird-users/
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Archive:	http://bird.network.cz/pipermail/bird-users/
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Licence
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This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
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it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
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the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
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(at your option) any later version.
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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
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but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
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GNU General Public License for more details.
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You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
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Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
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History
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BIRD development started as a student project at the Faculty of Math
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and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic under supervision
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of RNDr. Libor Forst <forst@cuni.cz>. BIRD has been developed and supported
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by CZ.NIC z.s.p.o. http://www.nic.cz/ since 2009.
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Good Luck and enjoy the BIRD :)
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						The BIRD Team