Netgate8 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago
which is bullshit because OPNsense is a pfSense fork.
It’s worse than that. Applianceshop / Deciso was attacking the pfSense trademark. Literally planning to obtain it in Europe via “first use”.
When I took action to make them stop, they started bitching about “open source”.
The tools never left github, you just had to click through an agreement to not do exactly what they were doing (build your own version and call it “pfSense”), and you had to agree that our marks were valid. Several hundred parties agreed to that license. Companies like VMware, Cisco and Avaya agreed to that license.
But not Decisco. they didn’t want to agree to it, because their strategy for being “pfSense in Europe” would be stopped. Even Franco admits it: https://www.reddit.com/r/PFSENSE/comments/3asj97/has_anyone_tried_the_opnsense_distro/cshlppb?context=3
The danger has passed, and we re-invented the build system such that a separate ‘-tools’ directory is not longer necessary (nor desirable), so the whole debacle with ‘-tools’ is over.
The bootstrap GUI and build system for OPNsense came from Packetwerk, Franco Fitchner’s previous company. Franco was the “Co-founder, Chief Software Architect” at Packetwerk, and he and the CEO of Packetwerk left under strange circumstance. I suspect they were both “exited” by the investors.
Franco is now a Perl programmer (learning Perl OTJ) at SEPPmail AG.
It’s never been about “open source” to the people at Deciso, it’s about abuse and lies so they can make money selling hardware, and pfSense has >never< not been open source.