announcement of freerouter

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Dec 29 18:29:06 UTC 2015

In fairness, when I first looked at the page, I was confused too.

It said it ran as a “Router OS Process” which made me think that it was
somehow a virtual router that ran inside the Mikrotik operating system
known as Router SO and I was scratching my head going:

A: How can that possibly work?
B: Why would you want it to?

Now, realizing that the guy probably made an honest mistake without realizing
he was using someone else’s trade name in the process, it makes much more sense.

Confusing, but in the end, much ado about nothing[1] all around.


[1] No intent here to misuse any intellectual property of any Bard or other person.

> On Dec 29, 2015, at 01:08 , Josh Reynolds <josh at> wrote:
> It wasn't about trolling, it was about legitimate prior art and reasonably
> so. Also, there's potentially a confusing association between the two.
> I'm glad the terminology was removed.
> On Dec 28, 2015 2:31 PM, "Laszlo Hanyecz" <laszlo at> wrote:
>> Mike,
>> Csaba's front page previously described the software as being a
>> 'routerOS', like in the very first sentence on the page.  I'm assuming that
>> the person who complained about that didn't read past the first sentence
>> and just wanted to troll.  It's obvious to me that decades of work have
>> gone into this free router software, and the term router OS was just being
>> used to describe what the software does - an OS for a router.
>> It looks to me like the author has a deep understanding of networking to
>> be able to implement all this from scratch and I think we can learn a lot
>> from reading this code.  He's also giving it away for free, which is hard
>> to argue with.
>> -Laszlo
>> On 2015-12-28 18:28, Mike - st257 wrote:
>>> Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:23:24 -0600
>>>> From: Josh Reynolds <josh at>
>>>> To: mate csaba <matecs at>
>>>> Cc: cs at, NANOG <nanog at>
>>>> Subject: Re: announcement of freerouter
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>>>> RouterOS is an existing product by MikroTik.
>>>> Mate Csaba's message had nothing to do with MikroTik RouterOS (from
>>> Latvia,
>>> which doesn't include IS-IS support). And Mikrotik RouterOS isn't free.
>>> ;-)
>>> Why was this response about RouterOS?  (Am I missing something?)
>>> The posted presentations/slides touch upon the feature set of FreeRtr
>>> (which is similiar to MT RouterOS, but which many production-ready Network
>>> OSes have).
>>> And CLI output examples:
>>> On Dec 24, 2015 9:46 PM, "mate csaba" <matecs at> wrote:
>>>> hi,
>>>>> pleased to announce a stable release of freerouter.
>>>> Neat.
>>> this is a routing daemon that does packet handling itself
>>>>> so it can do bridging, routing ipv4/ipv6 unicast/multicast,
>>>>> mpls, vpls, evpn, mpls te, mldp, segment routing, and so on...
>>>>> speaks a lot of routing protocols like rip, ospf, isis, eigrp, bgp,
>>>>> babel...
>>>>> does a lot of tunneling like gre, ipip, ipsec, l2tp, geneve, vxlan,
>>>>> nvgre...
>>>>> have a lot of built in servers like dns, http(s), smtp, pop3, telnet,
>>>>> tacacs, radius, ssh...
>>>>> it can start external images which could be connected, so various lab
>>>>> topolgies can be easily created.
>>>>> our nren uses if as primary fullbgp rr for more than a year for about
>>>>> hundred routers.
>>>>> here is the homepage:
>>>>> feel free to try it out and send suggestions/bug reports...:)
>>>>> thanks in advance,
>>>>> csaba mate
>>>>> niif/hungarnet

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