Open source on the wire

Very well written article from InfoWorld on “Open source on the wire“, which mentions pfSense. Good read for those considering an open source firewall or router solution.

When all is said and done, there’s little argument against using open-source routing and firewalling tools in most any network, as long as your admins are comfortable with the technology. We know that open-source routing and firewalling solutions can meet or exceed the performance and stability of their commercial counterparts; the proof has been in the proverbial pudding for many years now. Maybe it’s time to hand over yet another part of the infrastructure to the open-source rebels. After all, in for a penny, or in for a pound. It’s good to have that choice.

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2 Responses to “Open source on the wire”

  1. Strafelife Says:


    “M0n0wall is another open-source firewalling and routing alternative, based on FreeBSD and the stellar Packet Filter (pf) firewall. ”

    Is this true? Last time I checked, m0n0wall uses “ipfw” from FreeBSD. I was under the belief that one (of several) reasons for the PFSense fork was to support “pf” from OpenBSD.

  2. Chris Buechler Says:

    Yeah they did misspeak about m0n0wall, it’s ipfilter though not ipfw. I emailed the author.

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