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   ...Arch Linux based routing made easy

This repo is primarily hosted on gitlab.com. Please go there to raise issues or contribute.

Why?

...because why the heck not? No, in all seriousness. I was looking for a more powerful router that could cope with PPPoE, VLANs, lots of Gbit/s in a mixed copper, fiber and InfiniBand network and massive expandability, because I like to hack around with stuff...

Needless to say, I did not really find something that flipped me on.

At first I looked at VyOS/Vyatta (the same stuff Ubiquitis Edge OS is built ontop of), but I soon realized, that it was not as extensible as I hoped.

Introducing fleetfoot!

I really like Arch Linux for its very up2date system and ecosystem, so I went that route, but instead of building ontop of netctl I choose to adapt systemd-networkd so that this might be ported to other OSs should someone want to.

Also everybody wants to say "I run an Arch Linux server!" :) Here you can over-deliver and say "I run an Arch Linux router!". Even better IMO

Features

  • 20% cooler than all other routers
  • Boots in 10 seconds flat! *
    • * on an Intel Core i5-6500T + UEFI fast-boot on a ASRock B150M Pro4V
    • Powered by systemd-boot
  • Routing (duh!)
  • DHCP
    • Static leases
    • Range per bridge
  • DNS
    • To come: DNS-over-TLS/DNS-over-HTTPS via local proxy behind dnsmasq
    • DNSSEC foo
  • fiber!
  • InfiniBand (soon!)
  • PPPoE
    • With hooks!
    • Port forwarding with hairpinning
    • Drop unsolicited packets by default
    • mss-clamping, so your clients will not be screwed by the path-MTU
  • VLANs - Everything is a bridge
    • Except PPPoE and maybe VPNs...
    • Attach any interface to any VLAN or multiple at once!
  • Expandability up the bazoo
    • It's based on Arch Linux after all

How to try it?

Bad news... I do not have a proper guide to install it right now. The easiest way is, to install Arch, python and openssh onto a box, configure your inventory.yml and let Ansible to the rest.

Speaking of which, I also do not have a proper sample inventory.yml, yet. This is because I will re-do the Ansible stuff as a tiny golang daemon doing all the dirty work, an also listen on the hooks to make it a much more streamlined experience.

This (or more like the initial parts of it) can be found in the fleetfootd directory.

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