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 From:  Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
 To:  Alex M <radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net>
 Cc:  "'Mono Dev List'" <m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Re: [m0n0wall] Support for hardware project
 Date:  Tue, 6 Mar 2007 15:57:26 -1000
On Mar 6, 2007, at 2:59 AM, Alex M wrote:

> Valemont, is not the manufacturer of the board.

I'm sure I pointed that out.

> Are you talking to lunny at VNC?
No.

> Or actual manufacturer?
Yes.

> Lunny buys at the agent said in "thousands" and his suppliers can  
> sale the board retail for 72$
>
> Why you considering bord as not good idea? Also I think we can get  
> a bit
> commercial here, since its for the good of community after all.

I think the board represents a high degree of difficulty for a  
FreeBSD port.

Its one thing to have a solution that is slightly too expensive  
(versus 'wishes'), its quite another
to have no solution because its taking a long time to get FreeBSD  
running. (a pre-requisite for
m0n0wall running, I might add.)

I think the board is somewhat under-powered for FreeBSD.   The 175MHz  
clockspeed might be OK,
but the CPU can't address more than 4MB of flash without jumping  
through hoops (implementing segmentation).

I think you're perhaps unprepared for the realities of what it would  
take to put together a 10,000 unit order in order
to drive the pricing you've been quoted.

Jim