[SATLUG] Distro for Firewall / Gateway Server

Alan Lesmerises 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.

Al Lesmerises

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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