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 From:  "DuWayne C. Odom, Sr." <iceman at icenet dot org>
 To:  "'Peter Curran'" <peter at closeconsultants dot com>, "'Manuel Kasper'" <mk at neon1 dot net>
 Cc:  <m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall-dev] Beta 1.1b16
 Date:  Mon, 19 Jul 2004 02:42:45 -0400
I have to agree also about keeping out the module support. 

I run the CDROM/iso version here as I guess a lot of us do. 

The only other way to deal with modules in my view is to come up
With a version that would allow an option to work with the hard drive
instead of a Floppy, which I guess would be similar to the CF version, I
Could be wrong, due to my lack of knowledge of the net4501. I am working on
Saving up the money to get the net4501 to play with.  I am also still trying
to get a development environment put together here so I can help when
needed, it is just a little difficult transposing the "hack" documentation
to fit my development BSD installation environment, but I will soon get it
All going. I hope to be able to contribute soon to this great project.

DuWayne C. Odom, Sr.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Curran [mailto:peter at closeconsultants dot com] 
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 2:17 PM
To: Manuel Kasper
Cc: m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Beta 1.1b16

> > 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.
>

For the record, I AGREE with you that m0n0wall should not be allowed to
become 
a module patchwork.  I think the fact that 50% of genric-pc installs use a
CD 
version is actually the issue.  I am not sure that there is an easy way of 
getting a module into one of these (although I may be miising something 
here), hence my interest in the on-the-fly installation.

> 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.
>

Indeed - I am particularly pleased to have the magic shaper wizard.

Peter


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