[lug] An idea...

Ferdinand Schmid fschmid at archenergy.com
Mon Aug 7 08:10:28 MDT 2000

TurboLinux has a firewall install on their distribution.  It installs a minimal amount of software with absolutely NO unnecessary software.  As far as I know it even installs a specially compiled kernel with IP chains but just about nothing else in it.
Very handy and time saving - check it out.  This still doesn't solve your computer question - but it eliminates many of the traditional firewalling issues with RedHat and other distributions that only cater to the workstation and server market.  No offense against your favorite distributions intended!


PC Drew wrote:

> Here's an idea that I'm gonna throw out for comments, cheap shots, or
> one-liners from everyone.
> This whole topic of using linux as a firewall got me thinking.
> Linksys came up with the Cable Modem/DSL firewall that I use...why
> don't I make and market my own?
> I've got a few problems with setting up a linux box as my firewall.
> Namely, I want to have a firewall that's sole purpose in life is to
> protect my network.  That then means that I can't use it to write
> software.  I can't use it as a "for fun" or "for learning" machine,
> because it serves a very important role for me.  That means that I
> have to buy another computer to do this.  That takes $$ and (more
> importantly) space in my small apartment.
> Why do I like the Linksys so much?  Because it's small, cheap, and
> doesn't take any time to setup.  What don't I like about it?  I'm
> limited in what I can do with it.
> Why am I writing this email?  Because I'm want people's thoughts about
> basically getting some small embedded linux machines, loading a VERY
> stripped down version of linux (i.e. Linux Router Project?), loading
> DHCP, NAT, firewall software, etc.  And making a secure, easy to use,
> linux firewall appliance that's CHEAP.
> Also...who feels that they aren't able to VPN with their
> friends/neighbors/work easily and would like to?  Well, this would be
> another feature of this firewall appliance.  It would use SSH to VPN
> with whatever network the user wants.  If the user so inclined, it
> would also allow the two networks to use the Network Neighborhood in
> Windows to share files (i.e. with samba).
> What are your thoughts?  Does anyone have any experience with embedded
> linux appliances?  Is it something that could be done inexpensively
> (the software would be free and GPLed, I'd donate my time to make
> these boxes so I'm referring to the hardware)?
> If anyone knows of a product like this, I'd appreciate the help
> getting my foot out of my throat.
> --
> PC Drew
>   "I lived through the IPO Rush of '99"
>      - T-shirt c. 2034
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