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Re: hurd does NOT need /hurd (firewalling tools)

On Wed, 22 May 2002, Anthony Towns wrote:

> Quite frankly, I've no idea why you're quite so dogmatically against
> having firewalling tools.

What are we accomplishing with this "firewalling" argument?  I think it's
pretty clear that we'd like the HURD to support these things (routing,
packet filtering) eventually; and it's also clear that it's up to the USER
to decide how to use them.  There's no need for us to decide whether it
makes more sense to have dedicated firewalls, or "firewalls" on every
machine, or no firewalls at all: the users of the HURD should be able to
decide what they want to do, and do it.  It is, after all, about freedom
and choice and configurability.

I think the main point of this argument should be that the HURD doesn't
yet have firewalling support, but (a) that doesn't mean we can't make
releases, and (b) we'd very much like to see support for these networking
features as soon as possible, but we're just not there yet.  By releasing
the HURD to as many interested developers as possible is probably the best
way to get these things implemented as well.


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