Another Great Firewall Candidate
While I've always loved and used Smoothwall for years, I've been having trouble getting it to recognize a Compaq DL320 that I had sitting here in the office. I intentionally bought the IDE version of the server (which I got on eBay cheap) because I figured it would be more compatible than the SCSI version. I was try to find something that fits nicely in the rack-server setup I'm building. But Smoothwall, no matter what I did, could not recognize the IDE controller. So I decided to give Endian -- an IPCop fork which was originally a Smoothwall fork -- a try. Endian is basically a version of IPCop with all the cool modifications and add-ons already built in. And lo-and-behold, it just worked -- and I didn't have to monkey with it other than setting up my firewall rules. And I now have a speedy little firewall that takes up far less space than before (1U versus a tower).
I still love Smoothwall's community as it's full of tons of useful folks and great modifications, but if I ever need to install a firewall system on Compaq server hardware again, it'll be on a Endian box.