Meetings and Events

OPNsense: On the Shoulders of Giants, Isaac (.ike) Levy
2015-09-16 @ 18:45 - Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St
Notice: this month will not be the usual first wed.

OPNsense is a BSD-licensed, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD-based firewall and routing platform.

This presentation is a hands-on preview of OPNsense, and should appeal to a wide range of people looking for BSD based router and firewall platforms.

With hands-on examples and gear on-site, we'll be covering:

  • OPNsense Overview, a fast features walk-through

    • As a fork of pfSense, why fork?
  • Life with OPNsense today...

    • Lots changing every week under the hood!
    • Thanks to the stable FreeBSD Base, OPNsense is solid through changes.
  • Goals through next spring...

    • Implementation high-level,
    • Technical aims of the project
    • Why an appliance, why not a package?
    • The roadmap/goals for 2016
    • Why a granular development process?
    • HardenedBSD (Whaaaa?!)
    • LibreSSL, OpenSSL
  • Scratching my itch,

    • Localized Translations!
    • AWS/Cloud Images, (why? how?)
  • OPNsense Project Future.

    • ike's view of post-2016, many possibilities...
    • Musing on building an appliance with FreeBSD
  • Hands-on with hardware!

Speaker Biography

Isaac (.ike) Levy is a crusty UNIX Hacker.

ike, a long-time pfSense user, has moved on to become a contributor to the OPNSense project. Ike has been focused on i18n work, and Japanese translations, and for his sins, has been hacking on AWS AMI builds:

In 2006, ike gave an overview on pfSense and it`s mother project m0n0wall, which were new and exciting router platforms back then,

"throw your Linksys/SoHo/WiFi router in the garbage where it belongs"

In 2010, ike gave an overview of life with pfSense in Datacenter/Large deployments,

"you might wanna' put your Sonicwall/Juniper/Cisco routers up on Ebay."

A long-time community contributor to the *BSD's, ike is obsessed with high-availability and redundant networked servers systems, mostly because he likes to sleep at night. Standing on the shoulders of giants, his background includes partnering to run a Virtual Server ISP before anyone called it a cloud, as well as having a long history building internet-facing infrastructure with UNIX systems.

.ike has been a part of NYC*BUG since it was first launched in January 2004. He was a long-time member of the Lower East Side Mac Unix User Group, and is still in denial that this group no longer exists. He has spoken frequently on a number of UNIX and internet security topics at various venues, particularly on the topic of FreeBSD's jail(8).