Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?

Antti.Roppola at Antti.Roppola at
Tue Jan 15 12:08:26 EST 2002

I run my firewall on a Debian box, it's quite nice
to have in my apt sources.list.  :o)

It's not running any services (aka mail, sshd), which
makes for fewer potential exploits to keep tabs on. When
I was running sshd on it, I used ipchains to keep it hidden
from other machines.

"Better" is subjective, Smoothwall would probably have been
easier to set up. It depends on what sort of firewall you want.


-----Original Message-----
From: Burn Alting [mailto:burn at]

Don't know if this will create a war, but I'd like to get some idea of the 
most common version of Linux used on as firewall/gateway system (eg 
Smoothwall, etc). I'm assuming the most common would mean the one of the 
better ones.

Also, how nasty is it to also make the firewall one's mail router (sendmail)? 
This is in the situation that all other nodes within the firewall are 
personal systems which may be running or not, and either Linux, Solaris or M$ 


Burn Alting
burn at

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