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Old 06-14-2005, 05:32 AM   #1
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Question Firewall Operating Systems


I'm looking for the best firewall operating system (preferably for free) in existence.

It must be secure, it must be reliable and stable, and it must be as close to "industry standard" as possible.

Also, it must *not* be a piece of software which needs to be installed onto an existing operating system, the firewall must be an operating system itself.

Can anyone recommend any of the above? Are there any "famous" ones in existence, or ones which thousands of people use and rely on?

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:33 AM   #2
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i have just discovered Smoothwall, which looks very good. Is this one recommended?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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Personally, I like m0n0wall. It may not have all the features of Smoothwall, but it has some that Smoothwall doesn't (like support for multiple WAN IP addresses) and will run satisfactorily on very minimal hardware.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 05:48 AM   #4
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Hi,
I have found www.ipcop.org with www.urlfilter.net and www.advproxy.net are great and reliable
 
Old 06-18-2005, 08:18 AM   #5
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Astaro
http://www.astaro.com/

Sentry CD
http://software.newsforge.com/articl...1925244&tid=78

--
++firefox; printf("number of c++ code execution is %.2le\n",firefox);

Code:
number of c++ code execution is 2.00

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Old 06-18-2005, 02:57 PM   #6
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Also, it must *not* be a piece of software which needs to be installed onto an existing operating system, the firewall must be an operating system itself.
Every Linux-based firewall is going to just be a front-end for netfilter in the Linux kernel. Personally, I just use Debian.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 03:27 PM   #7
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m0n0wall is based on freeBSD, but it's a dedicated firewall operating system, not an add-on program for a "regular" distribution. It's stripped down to the point where the entire install is only like 8MB. It doesn't even use the hard drive (or CF card, or CD-ROM) after it boots. It runs entirely in RAM.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 03:35 PM   #8
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m0n0wall is based on freeBSD, but it's a dedicated firewall operating system, not an add-on program for a "regular" distribution. It's stripped down to the point where the entire install is only like 8MB. It doesn't even use the hard drive (or CF card, or CD-ROM) after it boots. It runs entirely in RAM.
It's the same principle though, instead of a front-end for netfilter it's a front-end for ipf.
 
  


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