Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.8.1. This version is based on FreeBSD 8.4 and will thus give better support for newer hardware than m0n0wall 1.34.
Some of the change highlights are
- add scheduler (“Croen”) service with many different job types (enable/disable interface or shaper rule, Wake on LAN, reboot, reconnect WAN, execute command etc.)
- improved IPv6 support, including IPsec, DHCPv6-PD, RDNSS and DNSSL, and NDP info on the ARP diagnostic page
- major overhaul of wireless LAN support. On some cards, it is now also possible to create multiple APs at the same time. To reflect this change, the wireless settings have moved to the Interfaces: assign page, where WLAN subinterfaces can be created much like for VLANs.
- DNS forwarder: add option to log DNS queries, add aliases (CNAMEs) and MXs
- Add AES-256, SHA-256/384/512 and additional DH group options to IPsec
- Make rule moving and deletion on shaper rules page work like for firewall rules.
- Initial support for USB modems
- enable CPU hardware crypto support
- automatically reassign available physical network interfaces if none of the assigned interfaces in the configuration can be found on the system (i.e. for a new installation, or when moving an existing config to new hardware)
- the “embedded” image is gone; generic-pc-serial should now be used for PC Engines and Soekris boards
- console speed for serial images is fixed to 9600 baud (no longer tries to use BIOS preset value)
- introduction of an automated build system that allows one to build m0n0wall from scratch with almost no manual intervention on a standard FreeBSD 8.4 system
- countless bug fixes and improvements in UI and system configuration code
About M0n0wall: M0n0wall is an embedded firewall distribution based on FreeBSD, and provides a small image which can be put on and run from CF cards, CD-Roms and hard disks. It also runs on a number of embedded platforms and virtual PCs.