How much work to port FreeBSD to RV series?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by blacklotus, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. blacklotus

    blacklotus Network Guru Member

    I feel pretty disappointed by the lack of firmware projects for the RV series.

    They seem to have a lot going for them. The Intel IXP425 processors have plenty of horsepower, yet the existing firmware doesn't have the flexibility to harness the power of the platform. Plus although qos works to an extent, once the number of connections increase, (like when using Bittorrent) even web browsing comes to a halt although qos is set up to give it priority.

    I recently started evaluating m0n0wall and pfSense (based on m0n0wall) and I love the flexibility and performance they provide.

    I was figuring that they may work better on the RV series platform than the existing linux one for these reasons:

    1. FreeBSD's network stack provides much more performance than the current linux kernal. pf is supposed to be more efficient. altq's qos performs much better
    2. The installation is lighter. pfsense, which has more features than m0n0wall has an installation ISO of 26meg the embedded version is 21meg. This is with all of the xtra packages and the drivers for all supported nics, ide controllers etc which wouldn't be needed for the RV. the rv082 has 32mb ram 32mb flash and a 533 mhz IXP425 proc. m0n0wall is designed to work on lightweight hardware like the Soekris
    3. packages make it easy to customize functionality and add features

    What would be involved in making this work on the RV's? After all, the BSD's are similar enough to Linux that it shouldn't be a huge change. Why waste time modifying Linksys's bloated, buggy code when you could probably get this to work much better.
    Please don't tell me i should do it as i possess nowhere near any of the skills that would be necessary to implement this.
  2. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    I've been curious to see if there would be a 3rd party firmware for the RV0 series too....something like DD-WRT for the wrt series.

    Some of those linux distros are pretty cool huh? I've played with PFSense, some others like IPCop and Endian. The latter two are my favorite...especially's aimed more for business setups, with good VPN features, and really cool transparent proxy features so your http/pop/smtp traffic gets scanned for viruses/worms/threats, and spam.
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