June 29th, 2006 by Keith

SmoothWall Express 3.0 Alpha “Grizzly”

Posted in Business Software, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Software Companies, Utilities, Web Apps

SmoothWall

If you have any old computers lying around, why not use it as a firewall, to protect your network, or perhaps your computers with personal data. Though, Linux comes to the initial choice when deciding to set up a firewall server, there is even a quicker way by just obtaining a particularly software that is based on GNU/Linux operating system, and thus catered its function as a firewall.

SmoothWall Express is an open source firewall distribution based on the GNU/Linux operating system. As an ideal choice for security system, Linux has been well proven to be secure, highly configurable and available free as open source.


Included in SmoothWall is a concrete GNU/Linux operating system, such that users need not install a separate OS. Designed for ease of use, SmoothWall is configured via a web-based GUI, and requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use.

The new features present in SmoothWall Express 3.0 includes:

  • * Based upon the latest (at least at the time of building) 2.6 kernel.
  • * Brand new even prettier theme. The polar bear is back!
  • * Includes many new NIC drivers that are in 2.6.
  • * Brand new update system – updates are downloaded directly onto the smoothie itself instead of going via the desktop browser.
  • * NTP service for the local network.
  • * Extension “home-brew” system.
  • * Local hosts list that can be served through the DNS proxy.
  • * Replacement traffic stats page.
  • * SIP NAT support (experimental!)
  • * Many internal changes to make the code more organised and easier to work with.
  • * Jazzed up control page.
  • * Easier to use log viewers with “Smooooth” pagination.

Do note that SmoothWall Express 3.0 is currently involved in heavy alpha testing stage. Do not attempt to install in production machines, especially in enterprise network. Alternatively, you can choose to use the stable SmoothWall Express 2.0 version.

Download Source: [SmoothWall Download Site]

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