Okay. I currently use ClarkConnect Community Edition on my router (Dell OptiPlex GX1). ClarkConnect has turned into ClearOS. I’m also considering other options for a new router.
Pros: Easy set-up, tons of features, easy-to-use web interface. Red Hat based.
Cons: All-in-one solution (think MS Home Server) and tons of features I would never use.
Pros: Dedicated security distro, perfect mix of apps. easy-to-use web interface. Red Hat Based.
Cons: ClamAV instead of Kaspersky for AV. Hand-tweaking is required for decent performance on spam control and antivirus.
Pros: Desktop, graphical installer, robust feature set, awesome network control apps. Very powerful web interface. Debian-based.
Cons: Commercial product – FOSS features are awesome but not as good as commercial offering. No options for spam / antivirus (SpamAssassin / Kaspersky.) Fragile App configuration – breaks if you tweak the config too much.
4. Gentoo Linux
Pros: Insanely fast, efficient, customized to exact specs.
Cons: DIY OS – very long deployment time, patching takes forever. Patching occasionally breaks with no way out. No configuration tools. No installer.
Pros: Red-Hat Enterprise Linux clone integrates 100% into existing Red Hat network. Remote management software installed by default. Very easy to configure and customize. Desktop installed by default. Graphical Installer. Very flexible and robust – tweaking config does not break management system.
Cons: Huge and bloated with significant hardware requirements. Not exactly efficient or lightweight. Not designed to be used as a router / firewall (CentOS is for servers and workstations).