Rumpus 3.0 Ships! The Best Mac FTP Server Gets Better
November 5, 2002. Maxum Development today announced the release of a major
update to Rumpus, the premier FTP server for the Mac OS and OS X. Rumpus
3.0 offers even better Mac OS X support, adds a host of new features, and
includes a brand new, Web-based file management system.
The most popular FTP clients, especially among casual users, are Web
browsers. Unfortunately, browsers almost universally feature limited,
poorly implemented FTP capablities. Rumpus 3.0 resolves this long-standing
problem with the Web File Manager (WFM), which provides classic FTP
capabilities (file upload and download, folder listings, and other basic
file management functions) using a standard HTTP interface. For FTP
administrators who need to support users working with Web browsers, the
Rumpus WFM provides a far easier and more reliable file management solution
with an elegant, customizable Web interface.
The Rumpus WFM, while entirely distinct from traditional FTP, maintains all
of the same user account, security and configuration settings defined in
the Rumpus FTP server. This allows Rumpus administrators to offer their
users all the benefits of Web-based file management with no more effort
than checking the “Enable Web File Manager” checkbox. For those Rumpus
administrators who want to spend a bit more time, the WFM user interface is
fully customizable to seamlessly integrate with existing Web sites.
While the Web File Manager is considered the biggest advance in the new 3.0
update, it is by no means the only new feature. Other enhancements include:
Improved OS X Support
Rumpus 3.0 improves OS X file system compatability, adding support for long
filenames and paths, files larger than 2 GB, and customizable file
permissions for uploaded files on a per-user-account basis. In addition,
Rumpus now completely automates the single most difficult setup task for
administrators, creating Unix scripts to automatically launch Rumpus at
system startup time.
Auto-Detection Of Hack Attempts
Would-be hackers attempting to gain FTP access can now be automatically
detected and forever blocked before they are even given the opportunity to
log in. An easy-to-use interface allows Rumpus administrators to maintain a
list of clients that should be denied FTP access, which is automatically
updated when intruders are detected.
Better File Recognition And Handling
In Rumpus 3.0, administrators can now specify Suffix Mappings so that files
of recognizable types can be saved to disk with the appropriate Mac OS Type
and Creator codes. These codes are what allow Mac OS files to be associated
with the applications that understand them. The same Suffix Mapping
interface in Rumpus is also used to specify file content-types for the Web
File Manager HTTP server.
Simplified And Extended Administration
Many other updates have been made, including the addition of account
history information for each FTP user, extended FTP support, better warning
and error messages to simplify troubleshooting, interface updates to
streamline administration, multi-file upload notices, and numerous bug
fixes and performance tweaks.
Christer Karlsson, a network administrator for Swedish pre-press company
F=E4lth & H=E4ssler and a Rumpus 3 Beta tester, had this to say about the =
update: “Rumpus 3.0 is a huge step forward. I am already taking advantage
of several of the new capabilities, especially the Web File Manager. My
users, especially the ones that don’t use FTP very often, love it!”
Rumpus 3.0 retains the previous version’s $249 price ($395 for Rumpus
Professional). The upgrade is free for existing customers that purchased
Rumpus on or after January 1, 2001. For all other Rumpus customers, the
upgrade is $79 ($129 for the Professional version). For additional
information about Rumpus, including access to the free, time-limited
evaluation version, visit:
Founded in 1991, Maxum Development became the first company to ship
commercial Internet products for the Macintosh when it released NetCloak
and NetForms in 1994. Since that time, Maxum has continued to innovate with
a series of unique, widely acclaimed Internet server products.