[Shorewall-users] Burn Out

dgilleece dgilleece@optimumnetworks.com
Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:11:49 -0500


You've certainly done a mountain of work, and deserve a rest!  When I found
Shorewall, I was pleased with its capabilities.  When I discoverd the level
of support you provided, I was amazed.  When I looked at how much I paid for
it --- unbelievable.  The time you did spend devoted to is it showed
dedication I have not seen elsewhere in open source software.  You have been
going "above and beyond" for much longer than anyone could possibly have
hoped for.  Kick back...

Many thanks again for all your efforts!!

Optimum Networks, Inc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Eastep" <teastep@shorewall.net>
To: "Shorewall Users" <shorewall-users@shorewall.net>; "Shorewall
Announcements" <shorewall-announce@shorewall.net>;
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 11:36 AM
Subject: [Shorewall-users] Burn Out

> I think that the time has come for me to back off a bit from my
> involvement with Shorewall. I just don't have enough cycles (or energy) to
> keep up the pace of the last several months. As a consequence, I'm going
> to do the following:
> 1. I'm going to stop personally supporting the entry level tools (samples
> and quick start guide).
> These tools are a source of constant frustration to me because they are
> never up to date and never seem to meet people's needs.  My goal for
> Shorewall was to make it usable in complex and changing environments (the
> problem space where Seawall failed so miserably and where my true
> interests lie).  I think that I have succeeded, but adapting Shorewall to
> the expectations and capabilities of people who want a shrink-wrapped
> firewall that they can install in a few minutes requires motivation which
> I simply don't have.
> If someone wants to step up and support these tools, I would be grateful.
> Should there be a volunteer, I will continue to integrate the tools into
> my web and ftp sites.
> 2. I'm abandoning work on the Shorewall GUI
> Every time that I sit down to work on the GUI, I find something more
> interesting to do. I frankly don't care enough if Shorewall has a GUI to
> expend the energy to write one and it is time that I admitted that fact to
> myself.  This is not to say that I don't support fully the efforts of
> folks like John Lodge who are working to provide a GUI; I'm simpley not
> going to build one myself.
> 3. I'm going to monitor the list must less closely.
> I appreciate any help all of you can give me to help pick up the slack.
>                               -----------------
> I want to make it clear that I am in no way abandoning Shorewall or my
> commitment to it. I am just going to focus my energy in those areas where
> I have interest and where I think I can make Shorewall better.
> -Tom
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