On 6/22/06, Frederick Page <fpage at thebetteros dot oche dot de> wrote:
> Which makes me wonder why other BSD flavours were never evaluated.
As soon as I saw your name, I knew this one was coming! Frankly, I
expected you to go off on a huge rant though. :)
> Honestly: the poll for OS was (of course) answered with the most
> popular OS, I am 100% sure that if you had put WinXP as choice on that
> poll, this would have gotten 60% of user votes.
Linux is far more popular than FreeBSD, even amongst the m0n0wall user
base as a whole it seems, but it didn't win.
The diff between pfsense and m0n0wall has been somewhat hashed out already.
I see m0n0wall 1.3 on FreeBSD 6 as a quick fix to getting improved
hardware support and better compatibility with new hardware. Moving
to any other OS, or even any other packet filter, would be drastically
more work. Moving to 6.1 and IPF 4.x is feasible in a relatively
short time frame. Moving to another OS and packet filter could easily
be a 1-2 year project, more than that if developer time isn't
available. I don't think anybody has ruled out an OS change in the
future, it's a matter of time and interest (or lack thereof) in doing