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Re: sonicwall tz190 is still the way to go
Actually both the Sonicwall and Cisco's you mention are just modified versions of Linux software.
Sonicwall is a joke, used to recommend them to customers but after being screwed too many times it find it better to use something like PFSense. For l0sers like you who have to have Sonicwall, just modify the web interface so it looks like one and pocket the extra $400 or so it costs.
CCNA, Comtrain Certified Tower Climber
Actually, if he is referring to Cisco PIX, it is not "linux" based. You may be confused with Cisco's consumer/SOHO grade products from Linksys or it is a recent development.
However, the general point you were trying to make regarding PFSense is valid--both PIX and Sonicwall are software-based.
The functionality is derived from a general purpose CPU and not specialized hardware that provides application-specific functionality which is provided by an ASIC, DSP, etc.
However, even supposedly "hardware" solutions require robust firmware ("software") to exploit their potential.