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 From:  Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
 To:  Stefan Frank <Mono dot Developer at RootServices dot Biz>
 Cc:  MonoWall-Developers List <m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] The future - summary
 Date:  Wed, 09 Nov 2005 22:03:56 -1000
Stefan Frank wrote:

> Well ... Small question - whats wrong with FreeBSD 4.11 that
> you (Manuel?) and/or others want to upgrade/change the OS?
> Shouldnt it be a Word like "Never touch a running system" what
> the OS point means?

I think the issue is really as follows:

1) At some point FreeBSD 4 will join FreeBSD 3 in the halls of history.  
It will stop being maintained.
When (or before) this happens, m0n0wall will want to move on, if only to 
ensure that security updates continue.

2) Device support, especially new device support tends to happen in 
-current, and with the passing of time, 4.11 gets further from the top 
of tree.   As such, new drivers get more difficult to incorporate into 
FreeBSD 4 with the passage of time.

Same with new protocols, or improvements to existing protocols (witness 
the work on the net80211 stack, for example.)

The base of m0n0wall users are free to continue to use any release of 
m0n0wall, of course.

But I think it unfair to demand that the developers create more work for 
themselves.

> For my little opinion its the same point of my view. I still will wait 
> for a
> answer way it should be good to change to a other os then FreeBSD. it 
> makes
> me laugh to see the talk about BSD or maybe Linux as OS :) For my self i
> love FreeBSD and i hope it will be sill the os for Monowall :)

You are not alone.