Hey people, I'm very much interested in on this topic and want to contribute a little.
Talking about ipcop, I think in my opinion it's the only firewall I was able to setup and play with. My quest for knowledge on firewalls came when I decided to host my own server (web/ftp/email/hosting) at home. For sometime, I couldn't find any ready made distro/firewall like ipcop so i tend to go with smoothwall express (http://www.smoothwall.org
).It was brilliant but they wouldn't support my Alcatel USB modem. I tried all the patches and everything, yet the same. I got their latest version of express codenamed Grizzly, which for some reason worked after one patch but it was a beta version and they've been quiet slow with update and more stable version.
Then I found IPCOP, it met all my needs and was easy to intall. Falko as you can see, I dropped you and email but you asked if i could put it up here. I don't know which forum is the best to post my stuff. Can you help?
IPCOP all the way but I'll give HTS a shot, if i find a copy.
Thanks guys for your good work.