The topic of firewalls came up recently, and while I've never had much
experience with firewalls outside of IPTables, I was quick to promote
it as a solution.
I was in the company of some open bsd guys who promote PF with what
can only be described as a fanaticism.
The more I research the differences to form an informed opinion, the
more I find that the bsd crews are quick to talk down iptables, and
the linux guys are willing to recognise pf without talking it down. If
I checkout the comparisons through google, I get some quite dated
material, most from the BSD world, making statements about pf being
much better than iptables because of stateful inspection etc.
I begin to wonder how much of this is fanaticism, bias, out of date,
or valid objective analysis.
Does anyone here know of a comprehensive objective comparison of the two?
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