[SATLUG] Distro for Firewall / Gateway Server

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Tue Nov 18 22:55:25 CST 2008

Thanks for everyone's inputs & suggestions -- it looks like I need to do 
some reading at this point, but at least I have a clearer sense of which 
direction to go now.

Al Lesmerises

Samuel Leon 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?
>> Al Lesmerises
> Sounds like you would be better off with a dedicated server box and a 
> wrt54gl for the gateway/router.  I have been using smoothwall 2.0 for 
> about 5 years now.  I can't seem to wean myself off of it because it 
> has a very nice QOS mod and squid web caching is just cool.  But I do 
> have an idea to someday replace the smoothwall box with a wrt54gl that 
> I have  and do some iptables editing to redirect web request to an 
> internal server that I will install squid on.  There are alot of 
> firmwares that you can install on the wrt54gl.  I like tomato 
> http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato mainly because of the nice QOS 
> interface.
> More firewall distros: 
> http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Firewall_distributions
> Sam 

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