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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choices, choices
by neuro on Wed 4th Feb 2004 01:02 UTC

Thanks to osnews for carrying this nice review! Along with other positive reviews and comments we've had for SmoothWall Express 2.0, I'm sure I speak for the team that we're really pleased all the hard work thus far has paid off.

As to other firewalls, it seems to me that open source Un*x distros - and vertical ones such as appliance-like firewalls - will always be a partitioned space, with proponents and defendants shouting their corners. Every recent computer age has had them: Commodore 64 vs Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore Amiga vs Atari ST (Jack Tramiel clearly had a lot to answer for!), Sega Dreamcast vs Sony Playstation, et al. The sheer level of choice afforded by those prepared to defend their patch of the Internet is due not only to the rich variety of offerings, but also to the number of talented developers the world over prepared to devote their time to the causes of security and open source. It also means flame wars from time to time - I hope that for our part at least, there's no need for that kind of thing to happen any more. I tired of the arguing a long time ago, as did a lot of people, so just use what you use and enjoy it, but make sure you keep on top of it in terms of updates - no point having a firewall that's not been updated in a year or four!

I obviously love SmoothWall. I almost eat, sleep and breathe it. Others love it too. Others still have their own choices. Perhaps this review, and others like it, will make people reconsider their choices, or perhaps not - that's the point of open source, and it's great!

I personally feel privileged to be a part of this grand endeavour. Yes, Kon, it has felt like a bit of a soap opera at times, but all the best sagas have a bit of drama from time to time! A long, long MTU path ago, in an IP fragment far far away ... ;)