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With all of this talk about firewalls, many people are asking "what are the advantages of Linux firewalls over firewalls running on Windows?" In this article, I hope to address this question from several different angles. First, is Linux more secure than Windows as a firewall platform? Second, what problems do Linux firewalls manage to avoid which plague Windows firewalls? Third, why do organizations use Windows firewalls at all? On the way, I'll introduce Bastille Linux, a popular security project that includes a fairly powerful free firewall. The most obvious reason that you should put your firewall on a Linux or Unix platform is that the alternative, Windows, has shown itself to be rather insecure. MicroSoft doesn't appear to care one bit about security, as incident after incident has shown in the past few years. Between the Melissa, LoveLetter, Code Red and Nim... (more)