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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Looks nice...
by Anonymous on Tue 3rd Feb 2004 20:52 UTC

Looks nice, but I still prefer setting up an OpenBSD box with PF. Don't get me wrong, I love Linux on the desktop and for certain types of servers, but from a security perspective, I just feel a lot safer trusting my firewall to OpenBSD. Additionally, the documentation is excellent, which easily compensates for the slightly more difficult initial setup.