Forum OpenACS Q&A: Linux Firewalls as opposed to H/W

Posted by Jamie Ross on
I would like to add another option.  Smoothwall is a hardened Linux based firewall and includes IPSec, Snort , IPchains , forwarding etc AND it runs on older machines. The system is designed to be the sole resident and has a nice web interface.  I have it running on a P100 with 32 Mbytes of RAM with no problems and I believe it is very secure. It is also very easy to set up and supports DMZ zone.  You can download it from and I highly recommend a donation if you find it useful to keep the project going.

I run a couple of different servers (AOLserver,Postgresql etc) on different machines and seems to work fine.  We also replaced Gauntlet at work with Smoothwall and good luck there.