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Shorewall - The end of the road...

Discussion in 'Routers' started by sfx2000, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Thought I would mention this...

    I think one of the poignant points here...

    I hope at age 70+ that I have the opportunity to thank people for using contributions I might have made.

    I wish Tom well, and deeply thank him for his efforts.

    We only have so many turns around the sun to make a difference in any endeavor that we choose to do - so make the most of that time, and leave a good thing for others to take on...

    It's a great package, hopefully someone picks up the baton...

    https://sourceforge.net/p/shorewall/mailman/message/36589783/

    Shorewall Community ...

    I am now in my mid 70s and have spent almost 50 years in tech-related
    industries. More than three years ago, I retired from my position at
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and while I have continued to develop and
    support Shorewall, I feel that it is now time to say goodbye.

    Shorewall 5.2.3 will be my last Shorewall release. If you find problems
    with that release, I will attempt to resolve them. But, I am now
    departing on an extended trip to visit some of the places in the world
    that I have always dreamed of seeing.

    If I have left you with unresolved problems, I am sorry. If you would
    like to see Shorewall continue and are willing to help with development
    and support, please let me know. I am more than willing to help ensure
    that Shorewall continues.

    Most of all, I want to thank all of you who have used Shorewall and who
    have helped make it better over the years. You are the ones that I will
    miss the most.

    -Tom
    --
    Tom Eastep \ Q: What do you get when you cross a mobster with
    Shoreline, \ an international standard?
    Washington, USA \ A: Someone who makes you an offer you can't
    http://shorewall.org \ understand
    \_______________________________________________​
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  2. charlie2alpha

    charlie2alpha Senior Member

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    Been using shorewall for almost 20 years now. I hope someone will continue the project while keeping Tom's high quality standards.
     
  3. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Been using it for close to 15 years myself, still using it on all the VMs I manage for a customer's cabinet.

    I would also hope that someone takes over the project, or forks it. It's definitely well worth it, even if it's just for maintaining it to ensure it keeps working smoothly with future iptables updates. I doubt we'll move to NFtables in the near future, so iptables will still be there for many years.

    I ran it on a Pentium 4 with RAMBUS RAM for many years in my former office, handling firewalling and dual WAN load balancing, with static routing of certain services through specific interfaces. It worked, and it worked well.