Joshua Jackson kills the Coyote Project

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Joshua Jackson Announces the end of Coyote LinuxAs a long time user and supporter of Coyote Linux, yesterday was a sad day. On August 23, 2005, Joshua Jackson announced his plan to discontinue the project completely and will not allow anyone to continue the project under the name ‘Coyote’. Claudio Roberto Cussuol, however, will continue the development of the mini, single floppy distribution under a new project name entitled, “BrazilFW”. Claudio has worked on the Coyote distribution for quite some time and is the person to thank for Coyote’s easy to use web interface (Not to mention that he is an extremely nice and helpful guy).

For those of you that don’t know what Coyote is (or was), it’s a mini distribution of Linux that fits on a floppy and runs solely from RAM. Coyote has been scaled down to only include the essentials for network traffic management which makes it a perfect router/firewall for any size network. Since the distribution is loaded from a floppy disk straight to memory, there is no need for a hard drive, no need for a high end machine with tons of ram and no need for proprietary hardware such as D-link or Linksys router.

I am personally running the latest Coyote distribution (heavily modified by yours truly of course) on a Pentium 133 and 64 megs of RAM. (a machine that I dug out of a junk pile) It controls all incoming and outgoing traffic on my network and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the scalability and performance.

As I said before, I have supported and used Coyote for quite sometime so it was very disheartening to hear Joshua’s decision to ending the project, especially with the distant, cold manner he used to announce the decision. It is understandable that Joshua has simply lost the time or interest to continue the project but he did start it and it did gain a rather large community over the years. I may be overly sensitive (it’ll be a first) but it seems to me that Josh has not only decided to bow out but also to abandon the community he has spawned. His announcement to close the project made it clear that he was simply tired of dealing with Coyote and it also made it clear that our concerns were not his by informing everyone not to email him about the decision. I somewhat understand that he may not want hundreds or thousands of emails in his inbox begging him to continue or even hundreds of emails thanking him for the time and efforts that he contributed to us all but he also locked the forum thread so no one would be able to reply there either. Sorry Josh., but I think it could have been done with a little more Finesse.

It is my opinion that BrazilFW will grow to be much more than Coyote ever was with Claudio at the helm. He has always been just as heavily involved with support in the forums as he has with the development process and I expect nothing but great things from him.

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