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03-10-2005, 06:21 PM
im tossing together a linux firewall and im wondering what distro i should i use, how should i go abuot configuring the software, and how low can i go with the hardware. for teh hardware im using 3 old ~150mhz computers with edo ram. i need to come out of this with the firewall and a stable windows machine win95/98. i think i have abuot 128-150MB of edo ram all up.
thanks in advance for all the help


im just gonna go out and check using aida16 exactly how much edo ram i have

03-10-2005, 06:22 PM
Smoothwall is what Ive seen most recommended around here.

M0n0wall has always looked good to me.

Some can go down with as low as 4MB Ram AFAIK.

Google is your friend ;)

03-10-2005, 07:01 PM
sweet thanks, the more ram the computer thats going in my parents room needs as much ram as it can get.

03-10-2005, 08:54 PM

Works great on anything from a 486 upwards.

Murray P
03-10-2005, 08:55 PM
Have a gander at DistroWatch Firewalls (http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=firewalls). Should keep you out of mischief for a wee while.

Chill, I see Mandriva listed on the Distrowatch page. I have never considered it a security suite any more than any other of the larger, common distro's. I imagine it'd be a bit of a lump compared to most. You got any thoughts on it?

Ok, caught up with the Mandriva Firewall (http://www.mandriva.com/business/mnf2) thing.

Recommended Hardware Configuration:

Pentium III or better
128 Mo Ram
CD-Rom Driver
10 Go free on the hard drive
At least 3 network cards compatible with Mandriva Linux

Above questions are still, somewhat, valid.

And, not because I'm biased towards Deb but, here's a how to on a Debian based firewall. (http://www.cyberdogtech.com/firewalls/intro.php)