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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: SmoothWall Linux 0.9.8

Mar 30, 2001, 13:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"The need for security in an increasingly insecure world is growing ever greater. Linux, often touted as one of the more secure platforms, still has its security flaws. SmoothWall Linux is a solution that has systematically removed many of these flaws by shipping a solid, cohesive distribution that has only one thing on its list of things to do: protect your network."

"When I first looked at SmoothWall 0.9.4 last September, I explained that SmoothWall Linux is a creation of Richard Morrell and Lawrence Manning, two British programmers who wanted to "extend Linux via a device that they can build that isn't a cobbled together solution but a fully fledged device with management facilities, into the houses with Mac and Windows clients," according to Morrell. Neither the mission or the functionality of SmoothWall has been changed with today's release of SmoothWall 0.9.8."

"One thing that has not changed and should clearly stated that SmoothWall is not meant to be shared with other partitions. If you install SmoothWall, you should do it on a machine that can act solely as a firewall, because all of your other partitions will be blown away. This is spelled out in the Installation Guide available on SourceForge, but it cannot be stressed enough if you decide to use this for firewalling your network. SmoothWall's development team has indicated that you can install this on a 486 machine and still get effective performance."

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