SmoothWall Open Source Project
SmoothWall Express 3.0. This is the first release of this free/open source
firewall/router distribution in some time. SmoothWall Express 2.0 dates
back to December 2003, although an update became available in December
2006. Version 3.0 is the first version to use the 2.6 kernel and adds
support for 64-bit processors.
In fact the release
notes contain a lengthy list of new features and improvements since
2.0. This release comes in four editions: user and developer editions
for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The developer editions contain everything
in the user editions and add the needed tools for working on Express
itself, including complete builds, check outs and commits. Those who
choose the developer version should read the build notes.
Your editor recently installed the 32-bit user edition of SmoothWall
Express 3.0 on an old computer whose sole function is to provide a home
network. This box plugs into a cable modem with one ethernet card and into
a SnapGear Lite (four port) box through another ethernet card. SmoothWall
Express is small, so it doesn't take very long to download the ISO or to
burn a CD. Installation is very easy and prompts you to enter setup during
the install. The setup program can also be run at any time after the install.
During setup both ethernet cards were correctly identified and were soon
configured to use DHCP. My main desktop was back on the net only minutes
after beginning the SmoothWall Express installation.
SmoothWall Limited provides support and funding for the SmoothWall Open
Source Project. This support includes two SmoothWall employees to head the
open source development team. As the commercial arm of the SmoothWall
community, SmoothWall Limited offers a range of supported security
solutions to schools, enterprise networks and small/medium businesses. The
SmoothWall Open Source Project produces SmoothWall Express which is
released under the GPL and can be downloaded from this
page. You can also get VMWare images.
Installation and Administrator guides are also available in the download
area. There's also a web forum and an IRC channel available for those who
need more help.
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