Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?

Simon Haddon simon at
Thu Jan 17 23:41:39 EST 2002

When this thread started I expressed interest in setting up a firewall as 
I had just bought a Pentuim166 for just that purpose.  It is a unisys 
CWD.  Very tiny and functional.

After listening to what everyone has said I decided to give IPCop a go.  
I configured it installed it and away it went.  The only problems with 
the installation was that it didn't want to autoprobe my network card so 
I had to configure it manually.  After installing IPCop I also had to 
change the modprobe command to load "ne" not "ne.o".

Now it is working and it was a very easy to set up.

When I did this I wanted to make minimum changes to my server.  Then only 
changes I have had to make are 
1.	to stop it performing the dial in
2.	change to gateway to point to the firewall.

All the rest was don in the firewall and it was spelt out how do do it on 
their web site.

I give my vote to IPCop.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

On 17/01/02, 10:44:18 AM, Alex Satrapa <grail at> wrote 
regarding Re: Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?:

> On Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 11:17 , Richard Cottrill wrote:

> > I'm pretty sure that all of the problems with Smoothwall that you've
> > mentioned no longer exist. I suspect the NBH syndrome.

> You're using Smoothwall GPL?  At the time, those problems did exist, and
> there were no changes to SmoothWall GPL for about 6 months (and no
> notice of changes being planned either).  During that time, I moved over
> to Debian and dragged the web interface with me - so the dialup box I'm
> setting up now is a combination of SmoothWall, webmin and Debian.

> NBH?

> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: linux-admin at [mailto:linux-
> >> admin at]On
> >> Behalf Of Alex Satrapa
> >> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 8:38 PM
> >> To: CLUG Mailing List
> >> Subject: Re: Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?
> >>
> >>
> >> SmoothWall GPL at the time did not let you do things like:
> >>   - SSH into your network from outside
> >>   - Set up a tunnel between your network and someone else's (or vice
> >> versa)

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