I have been wondering if there's any difference between using one of those specialty distros like IPCop, SmoothWall, etc for creating a firewall/router/proxy box or using something like Slackware or Debian and hardening it yourself?
Is it just a matter of ease-of-use? Or do the specialty distros have specialty apps (or even a custom kernel?) that you can't get if you're using Slack or Debian?
I'm looking into creating your regular standalone firewall/router/proxy box for a home network.