Linked by Niall C. Brady on Tue 3rd Feb 2004 20:17 UTC
Linux For those that don't already know, smoothwall is a very slick and easy way to setup a firewall/nat/dhcp server (and more) at home or in a small office very quickly even on old computer equipment. I have used Smoothwall 1.0 in the past and liked its features (although at the time, I did have a problem with Snort failing to start after I updated the software with some fixes...). It served on an old Pentium II 400mhz machine with two NICs inside (network cards). One was the 'green' interface (more about that later) and the other was the 'red' interface. I used that setup for quite a few months, mainly because I wanted to see what alternatives there were to hardware based firewalls (such as DLink gateways/firewalls) that I had been using.
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Why not use IPCop instead?
by Syntaxis on Tue 3rd Feb 2004 20:47 UTC

Smoothwall Limited (the company behind SmoothWall) deliberately restricts the development of the GPLed SmoothWall Express to encourage people to buy their Corporate Server product instead. (For one of the most glaring examples, does SmoothWall GPL even use a journalled filesystem yet?)

IPCop ( is a fork (now quite established in its own right) of the SmoothWall codebase, and has pretty much the same functionality but without the inherent conflict of interest mentioned above.