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RE: Suggestions Needed
From: "Mike Powell" <mpowell () barry ac uk>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 21:31:15 -0000

Smoothwall is a tailored installation of Linux.  It isn't designed to
install over an existing installation of Red Hat or any other distro. -
download the .iso from your nearest mirror
(http://us0.download.smoothwall.org/?2/1.0/iso/), burn it to a CD and trial
it on an available Intel based PC. It will delete any existing partitions -
instructions here: http://smoothwall.org/docs/ 

Good luck!


-----Original Message-----
From: alx () kotsobolio com [mailto:alx () kotsobolio com] 
Sent: 25 February 2003 21:02
To: 'Mike Powell'
Subject: RE: Suggestions Needed

Newb question:

Can I use smoothwall with Red Hat 8.0?

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Powell [mailto:mpowell () barry ac uk] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:53 PM
To: 'Justyn'; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Suggestions Needed

I use Smoothwall (www.smoothwall.org), a version of which is free for
non-profit use and can be up and running from start of installation to
running and configured in about 6 minutes(!).  I recommend version GPL 1.0
which is currently stable and includes VPN, port forwarding, web
proxy/cache, intrusion detection, DHCP, DMZ, works with ethernet or cable
modems and is configurable through a web interface.  Brilliant!  And no, I
don't work for the company ;-)

It's based on Linux kernel 2.2 (unstable version 2.0 is based on kernel 2.4)
and VPN uses freeswan which is interoperable with many serious firewalls.

Can't recommend it enough . . .



-----Original Message-----
From: Justyn [mailto:dragon () dlance com] 
Sent: 25 February 2003 05:55
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Suggestions Needed

I'm a home user rather new to firewalls. I have a spare pc I want to use 
as a firewall machine for our local lan of 2 workstations w/cable modem. 
I'm wanting a linux/unix flavor os for the firewall system. Would I be 
better off using a stripped down os that is tailored for firewall 
machines or something like redhat/freebsd? Would would anyone suggestion 
as a starting place to learn.


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