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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by MarkWPiper on Wed 4th Feb 2004 04:02 UTC

Just this week I installed the new ClarkConnect, the free Home edition. I was also * extremely * impressed. It is very easily configurable, and very extensible. Moreover, by just applying a little elbow grease it's relatively easy to get most of the features of the Office edition. Perhaps I'll write up a review of it for OSNews.

I encourage anyone to give it a try. Its scope goes beyond that of simply a firewall (additionaly providing many types of servers), differentiating it a bit from the likes of smoothwall. In my opinion the long term costs (in power and time spent) just don't justify using a software firewall-only box.

I think a solution like ClarkConnect, which provides so much functionality, is the right option for a dedicated box.

Has anyone tried sme server (used to be called e-smith)? I think its a similar product to ClarkConnect, and I'm curious to hear people's opinions.