The deal represents a move into a new part of the security/firewall market for CyberGuard. Traditionally they have operated on large Unix-based machines in a market with annual expenditures in the $400-800 million dollar range. The acquisition of an embedded-Linux security firm positions them to go after the entire spectrum of the market: from the smallest to the largest. That market is expected to hit $4 billion dollars by 2007.
SnapGear's embedded-Linux distribution is unlike many others: it is free software, not proprietary. They have spelled out the reasons for going this route rather than using another distribution in this FAQ.