Open source proxy servers challenge commercial wares

Open source products prove themselves capable, but a bit rough around the edges.
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For this test we reviewed four proxy servers, Artica, Squid, IPFire and Apache server using mod_proxy. All four products are free or open source and provide proxy services alone or bundled with other features. We limited our test to forward proxy services with an eye toward ease of installation and configuration, system requirements, features and management tools. The products tested performed well under our simple speed tests, with differences too small to note. Here are the individual reviews:

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