[QUOTE]\nNo, I mean Open Office and things that were mentioned that have nothing \nto do with the firewall. And SMTP filtering is part of a lot of \nfirewalls now.\n[/QUOTE]\n\n\n\nmy statement was an example of what *could* be done with a linux \nfirewall and what *cannot* be done with a firewall appliance.\n\nactually, I prefer freebsd, it's in my opinion (and many others) a lot \nmore stable and a lot more flexible with networking tasks. the same \nholds true for freebsd firewalls vs. an appliance. sure, there's more \nmoving parts and more likely to break, however, the overall flexibility \nis an advantage i'd much rather have than simple up time. up time isn't \neverything, useability and scalability is.\n\nso you save money by using an "appliance" as a firewall, so what if you \nwant an IDS as well? do you add yet another "appliance". what if you \nwant to sniff the network? plug in a laptop? monitor/filter smtp? why \nnot do it all from one single box?\n\n\n\n\n-\- \nColonel Flagg\n[URL]http://www.internetwarzone.org/[/URL]\n\nPrivacy at a click:\n[URL]http://www.cotse.net[/URL] \n\nQ: How many Bill Gates does it take to change a lightbulb?\nA: None, he just defines Darkness? as the new industry standard..."\n\n"...I see stupid people."