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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In addition, some background history...
by Syntaxis on Tue 3rd Feb 2004 21:05 UTC

SmoothWall Limited was founded by a deranged monster of a man, the aptly named Dick [Richard] Morrell. A Google trawl will reveal some of his posts to the support lists, and some juicy quotations can still be found in the comments of the Freshmeat listing (

Aside from the personal abuse he loved to hurl around, he tried to make the product no longer Open Source, and attempted to close down the support lists, claiming that the users of the GPL version were nothing but leechers and were thus unworthy of any support whatsoever.

Given the combo of the founder's personality and the deliberate restriction of development which continues to this day, it's really not hard to see why IPCop was created.

I just thought this background info would be useful to forestall the inevitable "How dare they - they're depriving the company of money that's theirs by right!" comments which appeared in droves when OSNews covered the porting of QT GPL to Windows. SmoothWall Limited's actions more than justified the fork.