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DistributionWatch Review: SmoothWall Linux 0.9.4

Sep 22, 2000, 10:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"SmoothWall Linux 0.9.4 is a recent addition to the family of Linux distributions and one with an interesting lineage. The base system files are a stripped-down version of those found in VA-Linux 6.2.1, which in turn was derived from Red Hat Linux 6.2. What is more interesting than its lineage is this distro's purpose in life: to function as, and only as, a firewall to the Internet."

"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. In this they have certainly succeeded, since SmoothWall does its one main function very well....

"SmoothWall is currently available from SourceForge in the form of two tarballed source files (one for the CGI and one for the base code) or in one single ISO to burn onto a CD-ROM. The source files are very small, just under 50K in size. Even the ISO is just over a mere 18 Mb, which makes this a download that even a low-bandwidth pipe can handle with just a little investment in time."

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