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    Best Open Source Firewall Appliance

    Hello everyone,

    Just a question: what would you recommend to use as an open source Firewall appliance?

    I have been looking at Smoothwall Express and IPCop. A firewall appliance with fairly intuitive web based management is pretty much a must.

    Many thanks.

    J_Worth.
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    Another vote for pfsense.

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    Pfsense - awesomely powerful

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    I moved from smoothwall express to pfSense (at home). the pfSense community seems more active too as I haven't seen a new smoothwall express version for years (and it does feel dated to me when compared against pfSense)

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    One time i would have said Smoothwall Express, but now i would say PFsense. Smoothwall Express seems dead in the water, personally im disappointed with that

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    I read the title of this thread and thought to myself "thats gotta be pfsense" I opened the thread and looked at the replies...

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    Sorry to barge in as such - but would anyone really use this as an edge firewall?

    Just curious... and a little bit snobby about open source stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    Sorry to barge in as such - but would anyone really use this as an edge firewall?

    Just curious... and a little bit snobby about open source stuff!
    A lot of commercial firewalls are based on OSS so why not? If you're paranoid and know what you're doing you can get the source files and look through them and see for yourself how robust it is.

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    @Gaz - yep, that's fair enough!

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    Well I think I'd be wasting my time in giving you my opinion - Since I run pfsense all over my network in different buildings, on point to points etc .. .I think you'd know what I'd choose !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    A lot of commercial firewalls are based on OSS so why not? If you're paranoid and know what you're doing you can get the source files and look through them and see for yourself how robust it is.
    It's a proven fact that pfsense, is almost unbreakable to hackers not 100% but then no firewall is... there are videos on Defcon showing how good pfsense really is. I use it on a major ISP network for VPN and Firewall and never had a compromise yet. Running steadily for 2 years +. I've also implemented it at Cafe's etc for wifi connectivity using captive portal.

    Brilliant free piece of awesomeness. - it's build on BSD too so it's definitely solid!

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