[SATLUG] Distro for Firewall / Gateway Server
alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Mon Nov 17 21:19:42 CST 2008
I understand why you wouldn't want to run anything else on the
firewall/gateway -- but I'm thinking that means running 2 separate
systems that would be used at only a fraction of their full potential,
not to mention the power needed, configuring & maintaining both systems,
I'm also not that keen on having to learn another OS -- I don't know
anything about any flavor of BSD. I have my hands full trying to learn
& maintaining several Linux and Windows systems as it is.
But you did give me an idea -- maybe I could run the system as a live CD
burned with the configuration settings I would need, possibly on a CD-RW
so I can change things as time goes on. It's still a question of which
build (if any) would be better to go with.
Brad Knowles wrote:
> Alan Lesmerises wrote:
>> If I wanted to setup a server to act as a dedicated firewall /
>> gateway server, and to possibly run some home automation type stuff
>> (think X-10 appliances or similar), would there be any particular
>> distro that would be better suited for that? In other words, do any
>> distros come already pre-packaged with the kinds apps that would
>> support that sort of thing right out of the box?
> For one thing, if I'm running a firewall/gateway on a box, I don't
> want anything else running on that box. I'll run my home automation
> type stuff on a separate box inside the firewall.
> On that firewall/gateway box, I'd probably run something like pfSense
> or m0n0wall, but then those are based on FreeBSD or OpenBSD, and not
> Linux. And I'd probably make the firewall/gateway box a Soekris
> net4501 or similar type of single-board-computer, that is not
> dependent on rotating media and stores it's OS and configuration files
> on read-only flash.
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