Re: Linux firewall vs Windows and Hardware based firewalls
> "Andre Volmensky" <AndreV@datcom.com.au> writes:
> > I have to put forward an argument to management regarding setting up a
> > firewall on some of our clients networks.
> > What are the advantages of a linux firewall over something like Windows
> > with WinRoute on it, or even a hardware based firewall. What are the
> > disadvantages etc. I know I am asking on a linux users mailing list, but
> > I would also like reply's not to be too bias.
In addition to the software-based firewall/router solutions already mentioned,
have a look at IPCop (http://www.ipcop.org) and SmoothWall
(http://www.smoothwall.org). Both are small Linux distros designed to be run on
I'm currently running IPcop on an AMD K6-200 with 64m ram and a 1.2g HDD. What I
like about it over the hardware based boxes is the flexibility to add things
like content filtering, the web proxy, traffic graphs, intrusion detection,
logging, and the ability to effectively run a DMZ on a different NIC, and it's
ease of use and configuration.