Projects / floppyfw


floppyfw is a router and simple firewall on one single floppy. It uses Linux basic firewall capabilities, and has a very simple packaging system. It is perfect for masquerading and securing networks on ADSL and cable lines, using both static IP, DHCP, and PPPoE, and provides a simple installation, which usually involves editing of only one file on the floppy.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  28 Nov 2010 19:06

    Release Notes: VLAN support and better DMZ support. The latest 2.4 kernel.

    •  21 Jul 2009 07:17

      Release Notes: Newer versions of the kernel and other packages.

      •  13 Jan 2008 15:45

        Release Notes: Packages were added and updated. Bugs were fixed.

        •  30 Nov 2006 22:23

          Release Notes: This release is uClibc based, and you can build it in a development environment yourself if you like.

          •  05 Sep 2006 21:11

            Release Notes: Tiny cleanups, and a better wondershaper script and DMZ setup.

            Recent comments

            30 Sep 2006 19:17 kheston

            5 years and counting
            I've been using the floppyfw for 5+ years. Never a problem, delighted! An old 486 has served as my ultra-configurable firewall router so well that I've never had any inclination to purchase a consumer DSL router. All thanks to Thomas' cool distro.

            A PC and four ISA cards give me a level of capability/flexibility that I'm sure Cisco wouldn't mind taking a few thousand of my dollars for. I've also used floppyfw to build a gigabit firewall/router for my university. It has performed flawlessly.

            If you have an interest in learning iptables and need more than you can get from any consumer device, I highly recommend floppyfw.

            02 May 2002 19:00 rockfruit

            simple and easy
            I needed a simple home router/firewall for my DSL connections and floppyfw works
            conveniently with an old HP Vectra Pentium 100Mhz hanging around. Works fine also on my
            high end desktops and using the same floppy, no need to reconfigure. Just needs 2 NICs, I
            used cheap Realtek 8139 coz it didn't work with my old 3Com ISA network cards, then add in
            the dhcpd modules, configure IP addresses and that's it. For about $12 I've converted my old
            PC as a router. I reviewed other linux-floppy but had no time to read so many steps or do a
            lot of configuring. floppyfw is quite straightforward. Thanks to the author.


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