Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?
grail at goldweb.com.au
Thu Jan 17 23:17:14 EST 2002
On Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 08:24 , Richard Cottrill wrote:
> NBH - 'Not Built Here'
> On Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 11:17 , Richard Cottrill wrote:
>>> I'm pretty sure that all of the problems with Smoothwall that you've
>>> mentioned no longer exist. I suspect the NBH syndrome.
I was content with the services that Smoothwall GPL did provide (ie:
nothing), but the one thing I really wanted was the ability to SSH in
from outside. I already had the tunnelling solution (PPP over SSH -
I kept monitoring the SmoothWall GPL web site, but there was no action -
just lots of boasting of how many billions of copies had been
downloaded. So I spent a day pulling apart the web pages, and ported
them across to a Debian box - there's a bit more involved than just
calling pon/poff :)
Now the big feature that I'm looking for is resilience against being
switched off without being shut down. I think I can do this with my
existing setup by switching to EXT3 or ReiserFS or whatever. And
possibly seeing how much I can split the file system into "read only"
and "don't care" partitions. Then figuring out how to convince fsck
that when I say "answer yes to all questions", I *mean* "answer yes to
all questions" - not just "answer yes to all questions except the ones
where there's a choice between yes or no".
The friends I've installed the old smoothwall box for have a habit of
unplugging it to plug in guitar amps, vacuum cleaners, disco lights...
"Not Invented Here" was the least of my worries. I *wanted* to use a
prepackaged firewall product, but none of the ones I found at the time
were any good for what I wanted to do.
Anyhow, at the time of writing, I can't go off to research the latest
version of SmoothWall GPL or IPcop, because Telstra's ADSL network is in
its usual state.
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