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 From:  Manuel Kasper <mk at neon1 dot net>
 To:  Peter Curran <peter at closeconsultants dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Beta 1.1b16
 Date:  Sun, 18 Jul 2004 13:49:10 +0200
On 18.07.2004 12:42 +0100, Peter Curran wrote:

> I. personally, would like to see this as a part of 1.1.  However, I
> know that  you are reluctant to do this, so maybe the answer is to
> provide it as a  module instead.  If this was done (and I know
> there are several volunteers  for doing this - including me) there
> will be a lot of pressure to produce  m0n0wall-mod 1.1:  An
> 'official' version with the live-module features built  in.
> 
> What are you current thoughts on this whole area? (Or perhaps I
> should ask if  your view has changed since the last time this was
> discussed)?

No, my views on this module business haven't changed. The official
m0n0wall version is not going to include any provisions to install
modules at runtime. I don't want m0n0wall to become a module
patchwork. Besides, it's difficult to handle this with all the
different platforms (let alone the fact that 50% of the generic-pc
installations use the CD-ROM version). The module interface was
created mainly for the convenience of those who want to develop
special-purpose features (so they wouldn't have to merge their
changes manually with each new release). It was never intended for
normal users.

As I've said (and demonstrated) before, modules that satisfy a
general interest, don't introduce a lot of bloat, don't break
anything else and match the code (and GUI) quality of the base system
stand a good chance of being included in the official release.

- Manuel