5.7. Which Type Should I Choose?

This topic has been the subject of many a religious war. Search the archives of any firewall mailing list, and you will find volumes on this topic. Just like a religious belief system, the selection of a proper firewall platform is a personal decision that you should make only after proper investigation.

This section is not going to tell you which platform to choose; it will simply point out some of the strengths and weaknesses of each platform and leave the final decision up to you. Just like choosing a proper firewall product, choosing the operating system to run it on is clearly not a one-size-fits-all prospect.

For the purposes of this discussion, we'll focus on the two most common firewall types—hardware ...

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