Future of pf / firewall in FreeBSD ? - does it have one ?

Daniel Feenberg feenberg at nber.org
Sun Jul 20 22:26:07 UTC 2014

On Sun, 20 Jul 2014, Kurt Jaeger wrote:

> Hi!
>>> And you don't seem to get the point that _someone_ has to do the work.
>>> No one has stepped up so far, so nothing is going to change.
> Franco Fichtner said he's interested in doing it. He probably
> needs funding.
>> No one with authority has yet said that "If an updated pf were available,
>>   would be welcomed".
> Which person or group would you view as "authority" in this case ?

I am not privy to the inner workings of the project, but surely a
decision of this importance would come to the attention of the
core team, who are listed at:


A port of OpenBSD PF may be quite impractical or undesirable- I have no 
idea. However, if all potential contributions are viewed as criticism to 
be refuted, it will damage the ability of the project to attract 
contributors. Rather than telling a potential contributor that their 
efforts will never be included in the official distribution it would be 
more supportive of the project to say that a port of PF would be welcome 
as a port, but might have difficulty displacing current offering. That 
doesn't promise anything, but encourages involvement, if indeed 
involvement is desired.

Daniel Feenberg

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