Story 2015-02-17 382N End of the m0n0wall project

End of the m0n0wall project

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m0n0wall is an embedded firewall distribution based on FreeBSD. It provides a small image which can be put on Compact Flash cards, CD-ROMs, or hard disks, and includes a web-based GUI to control all aspects of the firewall without having to type a single shell command.

The developer of m0n0wall has announced the project is ending, effective immediately. He suggests switching to a m0n0wall-inspired spin-off, such as pfSense, FreeNAS, AskoziaPBX, or OPNsense in particular.
while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development. Therefore, today I announce that the m0n0wall project has officially ended. No development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases. The forums and the mailing list will be frozen at the end of this month. All the contents of the website, repository, downloads, mailing list and forum will be archived in a permanent location on the web so that they remain accessible indefinitely to anyone who might be interested in them.
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Good to know (Score: 1)

by on 2015-02-17 17:22 (#39EM)

I never used m0n0wall, but I was always glad it was around. It's good to know that others are carrying the torch.

m0n0 (Score: 1)

by on 2015-02-17 20:01 (#39Q7)

I received the announcement by email a couple of days ago. Too bad, it was a great distribution and I am still running it on one of my old PCs.

Re: m0n0 (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-02-18 02:37 (#3A8H)

hi, what would a good replacement be? thanks

Re: m0n0 (Score: 1)

by on 2015-02-18 05:53 (#3AFJ)

Oh, I'm sure Microsoft Windows will be fine.




Seriously though, from TFA: "m0n0wall has served as the seed for several other well known open source projects, like pfSense, FreeNAS and AskoziaPBX. The newest offspring, OPNsense (, aims to continue the open source spirit of m0n0wall while updating the technology to be ready for the future. In my view, it is the perfect way to bring the m0n0wall idea into 2015, and I encourage all current m0n0wall users to check out OPNsense and contribute if they can."

FreeNAS (Score: 1)

by on 2015-08-11 05:25 (#H1FW)

I have and use FreeNAS, and unless I'm gravely mistaken, has no firewall capabilities whatsoever. It's a file server, not a firewall.