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 From:  Dinesh Nair <dinesh at alphaque dot com>
 To:  Manuel Kasper <mk at neon1 dot net>
 Cc:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] FreeBSD 6.0-based alpha version 1.3a1 available
 Date:  Sat, 19 Nov 2005 20:50:02 +0800
On 11/19/05 20:13 Manuel Kasper said the following:

> Just to make it clear: this is an *ALPHA* version, and it is only
> intended for use by people with some knowledge about FreeBSD. Certain

and to doubly stress, it's EXPERIMENTAL and that it's only released as a 
prototype possible OS platform for m0n0wall as we progress forward. do not 
use 1.3a1 in any production environment in any way.

the only thing which has changed between 1.2 and 1.3a1 is the underlying OS 
from FreeBSD 4.11 to FreeBSD 6.0. as such it does provide for an apples to 
apples test between the two.

additionally, 1.3a1 does not yet take into account some improvements which 
are inherent in 6.0 but not available in 4.x. over the next few alpha 
releases, i'll start turning these things on to see if they make 
performance better or if they break anything which was already working.

> end up in a shell - type "/etc/rc.initial" to get the console setup
> menu.

alternatively, just hit ctrl-D to exit the shell and have rc.initial 
spawned. i think the next version will include an rc.initial option to 
spawn a shell.

the reason i left a shell running was to allow testers to perform any 
additional commands easily in the event exec.php fails to execute. if this 
becomes the next beta/full m0n0wall release, rc.initial will be run instead.

> that. Also, 1.3a1 uses ipfilter 4 - pf would be another (some might
> argue the better) option under FreeBSD 6.0.

which is another option, to port the firewall from ipfilter to pf. new 
functionality which could also be introduced would be redundancy with CARP.

i'd appreciate testing in these areas:

o functionality - check if the move to 6.0 breaks anything which worked
   before
o performance
o enhancements, if any

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