[clug] Firewall distros - recommendations

Rodney Peters rpeters at pcug.org.au
Wed Apr 13 01:34:32 GMT 2005

You are correct that Smoothwall 1.0 has not been supported for some time.  It 
used the now superceded ipchains.

I've used Smoothwall 2.0 and IPCop 1.4.x with ADSL.  It's swings & 
roundabouts, but if you are using ISA NIC, then only Smoothwall will work.  A 
member of another LUG tells me not to go beyond 1.4.2 with IPCop as all the 
later patches are broken.

Either should work on a 486, but need a minimum HDD of about 504 MB.  64 MB 
RAM will be heaps.

An ADSL modem having ethernet interface is definitely the way to go.  Although 
Smoothwall & IPCop have support for many USB devices, it is only in PPPoA 
mode - which many ISP do not support.  Mine does not - consequently I can't 
say whether USB support in Smoothwall & IPCop is at all useful.


On Tuesday 12 April 2005 11:39, linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> From:
> Rob Bolin <rbolin at webone.com.au>
> To:
> linux at lists.samba.org
> Date:
> Yesterday 07:15:43
> Morning all,
> I'm about to upgrade from dialup to ADSL (yay finally), and I figure it
> would be a good time to take another look at the distro on my firewall,
> seeing I have reconfigure it any way.
> Not wanting to start a distro flamewar, I'm looking for recommendations
> based on recent experiences - currently I'm running Smoothwall v1.0 on a
> 486 with 64mb of RAM (I must admit that I'm not even sure if they are
> supporting 1.0 anymore - I haven't received a fix in 10 months).
> So if anyone has any ideas, I'd like to hear them.
> Rob

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