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RE: Suggestions Needed
From: "Brent Gardner" <bgardner () iprocorp com>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 15:54:32 -0700

I would recommend a stripped-down OS that lets you build up to what you need
rather than try to strip down a standard *nix distro.  There's too much you
might miss these days.

I like the Linux Embedded Application Firewall, available at
leaf.sourceforge.net.  Distros are available that include a 2.4.x kernel
with iptables.  Most distros will boot from a floppy and run in a ramdrive,
so you can try them without overwriting the drive in your spare PC.

Brent Gardner
Network Administrator
IPRO Tech, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Justyn [mailto:dragon () dlance com]
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 10:55 PM
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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