From: "Grant Robinson" <jgrantr at gmail dot com>
> On 5/14/06, Quark IT - Hilton Travis <Hilton at quarkit dot com dot au> wrote:
> > > From: Grant Robinson [mailto:jgrantr at gmail dot com]
> > > On 5/12/06, Ramunas <m0n0 at liongerimai dot lt> wrote:
> > > > If you guys are planing to make something for windows
> > > > platforms I'll be there too.
> > > The real question is "Why write a Windows app for a FreeBSD
> > > based firewall?" I am not opposed to a gui, but it should
> > > be cross-platform. Also, the underlying tools should be
> > > built as a library so that a console/text-based version
> > > could be built for people who prefer command-line
> > > administration.
> > Why? Simply because the vast majority of small businesses run a
> > Windows-based OS on the desktops of the vast majority of their users
> > machines.
> Perhaps we have different samples, but most of the small businesses I
> associate with don't have any Windows boxes, or very few.
I can not name a single company I work with that does not use Windows for
desktops. And few use anything but Windows for servers. The most common
*nix device I see is the WRT54g.
> >That means that the vast majority of people deploying
> > m0n0wall deploy it into a Windows-based network and run a Windows-based
> > PC themselves. Therefore a Windows-based app would make sense to the
> > vast majority of m0n0wall administrators.
> A management tool like this would be more aimed at those who have
> multiple m0n0 boxes, not those who have one, and most of those people
> would probably be running something other than Windows for their
> primary OS. I do, and most other network admins that I know don't run
> Windows, but like I said, maybe we have a different sampling set then
> you do.
I used to work fro BMC software, and they are Windows based for network
management. Unfortunately, most of the states is Windows based. I have
several boxes, and my primary systems are all Windows. I have a few Linux
boxes, and a FreeBSD VM. That's it.
> > Personally, I think a Windows-based app would be a good idea, but I feel
> > that a server app that can be installed on any Linux/BSD box that's
> > permanently connected to the Internet would be the ultimate option -
> > allowing for upload/download of configs and centralized log monitoring.
> Again, why make it Windows based when it can be cross-platform (either
> as a client GUI app or a web app). One that did centralized logging
> would be very nice.
Here, however, I agree. If done right, there is no reason to exclude
anyone. That is why everything I contribute will be portable. You may have
to port it, but it will be portable! :-)