[SATLUG] Distro for Firewall / Gateway Server
brad at shub-internet.org
Mon Nov 17 16:25:28 CST 2008
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.
Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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