For me M0n0wall was a no-brainer. Being a former Smoothwall Reseller and
dealing with the "(politics and attitude)" problems, following IPCop for a
while and then having the author of Smoothwall tell me about m0n0... It's
been m0n0wall ever since.
The idea of having smoothwall call home every time it booted was originally
a documented thing used to track licences, IPCop, being a fork, used it but
didn't say much about it and obviously wasn't licenced.
Smoothwall commercial products were not cheap, you had to pay for VPN,
Proxy Arp was called smoothhost, rules wizard, etc, where m0n0wall gives me
all those for FREE! With a much easier interface I may add, setting up VPN
in SW or IPC was much more difficult!
I'm not a programmer so the underlying OS hasn't been an issue for me. I
did not like all the updates of Linux however. I feel freebsd has been much
more stable than the SW/IPC platforms. Running almost all my clients and
myself on Soekris equipment, my m0n0walls gives me everything I need for
business and home use in one small, quiet, and simple to use package.
Hats go off to Manuel and all the contributors to a fantastic project and I
am very excited to see where m0n0wall will go with the next release.
Improving a perfect product is a very hard thing to do! :)
> From: A dot L dot M dot Buxey at lboro dot ac dot uk [mailto:A dot L dot M dot Buxey at lboro dot ac dot uk]
> Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 5:10 PM
> To: Neil A. Hillard
> Cc: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] If you use linux before.... why m0n0 now?
> > does the job then why change? Had IPCop still met my criteria then
> > I'd still be using it and wouldn't have looked elsewhere.
> I concur - having also originally started with my own distro
> + iptables, I couldnt do with the continual patchfest, so
> went to smoothwall...a very quickly onto IPCop (politics and
> attitude). I stayed with IPCop for a couple of years and got
> introduced to m0n0wall via google whilst looking at some
> work-related projects. that night m0n0wall became my personal
> firewall at home. not only was the singular control interface
> much nicer to go home to (after working in IT all day you
> really dont want to do more work at home! ;-) ), I also had
> no need for a local proxy anymore..hence also a quieter and
> more stable system. couple that with no remote-acces shell
> (more secure...no need for worrying about SSH problems!) and
> its more successful packet shaping (okay, its not perfect,
> but still!), it runs faster than Linux on same hardware
> footprint, and it happy with the VPN work i've needed to do.
> and hey! the upgrade system is beautiful :-)
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