I just had a quick look at the Astaro page following Petra's mention of it
As I use SmoothWall on an old 486 in the loft, I was interested. I am still
running the original version that came with the Linux Format magazine. Teh
only problems I've had so far has been occational crashes, that seem to be
hardware related anyway.
After having a look, I see no reason to change. For my small personal
network, Smoothwall does what I need. Astaro seems to be aimed at the large
corporate intranet. The thing I like about Smoothwall is it makes use of old
hardware that would otherwise need to be scrapped. Astaro seems to need a
400Mhz Pentium class system to run. My SmoothWall system is a 100Mhz Pentium
Overdrive with 8M of memory. It seems that I could not run Astaro on this if
I wanted to.
These are just my quick observations based on my system and needs. I'm sure
that Astaro has a great product and it seems that for large corporations it
might just be what is needed, but for small home systems, SmoothWall suits me
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