As discussed earlier, this release will focus on fixes/enhancements given the major changes in v1.8.0. Some notable items in the alpha1 release include:
"Hardware NAT" for the ER-X platform
IPsec and VTI fixes (e.g., connection type "initiate", VTI link status, etc.)
Fix for possible "download corruption" related to offload
Fixes for BGP and other bugs related to the new routing software
Ethernet flow control (pause frames)
Updates for dnsmasq, iproute2, and PHP
More details can be found in the release notes below. Given the focus on bug fixes/enhancements, we will have a much shorter release cycle so it would be great if more people can give it a try, in particular if people who have reported these issues can confirm whether they have been addressed. Thanks very much!