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 From:  Steve Bertrand <iaccounts at ibctech dot ca>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch, m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Does system run in memory, or on disk...
 Date:  Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:45:07 -0400
I'm hoping one of the *core devs* can provide me a quick answer here.

Although I haven't used m0n0 in some time, I still follow the lists 
(good work on IPv6 BTW).

I'm relaying a message from a very prominent, experienced and respected 
person in regards to not only OSI in general, but with core FreeBSD 
network coding and other integration management on even the latest of 

The request is simply thus:

"Does anyone know whether the above mentionned bsd systems boot to a ram 
disk or keep their filesystem on teh flash/disk? "

...the request was regarding 'monowall' and 'pfsense'...

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Even if m0n0 doesn't run from 
memory at this time, has anyone successfully completed the objective of 
having the ability to go against this, and removing the boot medium and 
running solely from memory? I do this now with all of my FreeBSD 
routers. If this can't be done at this time, what is the limitation?

Aside from this, here is some of my own, personal feedback. I don't post 
here often, but I may as well speak when I do:

I like m0n0, and from the standpoint of an ISP op, it has promise as a 
good ADSL CPE (especially with IPv6). Someone needs to 
standardize/invest on a cheap piece of plastic to put it in for 
production commercial sales.

Also, it needs a base OS that has the ability to be wiped clean from NAT 
and the like so that the 'system' can be loaded into a more 'provider 
class' type box so that it has the ability to perform BGP, ISIS etc...