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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S.M.E. aka e-smith
by steve on Wed 4th Feb 2004 23:13 UTC

I've been using it for my home server for a while. I lump it in with the distros that are very easy to use in default configurations, but very hard to use in non default configs. I also had a lot of problems getting things like weblog software, port opening, etc. to work because of changes they made in directory structure. Their templating system is asinine.