I gotta say, I recently installed the latest SuSe 7.1. Its simply awesome.
I'd stay away from RedHat especially MAndrake to be honest. There fine to
get a desktop up and running easily but I needed PHP, APache, MySQL and now
that I bought a persistent internet connection Firewall/Router/PRoxy. This
distro has the least problems. I had all this up and running right away. I
highly recommend SuSe.
From: ilug-admin at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-admin at linux.ie]On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 1:50 AM
To: ILUG (E-mail)
Subject: [ILUG] Firewall / File Server
I have finally backed up all my data from that cursed Win2k server, and am
about to put Linux on it.
I need it to do the following:
Routing, Forwarding, NAT and Firewalling
File and Print Serving.
Which distro/generation of distros should I be looking at.
Redhat 7.1 and Mandrake 8.0 both seem to address security a lot more openly
than previous versions, but I do have a proper boxed set of Redhat 7.0
I don't like Debian, it's just not very friendly, and I haven't seen
Slackware in years.
Does anyone have any decent info on smoothwall?
I saw it on the Linux Format CD, and it looked pretty interesting.
I wouldn't mind seperating the File & Print onto a seperate server if it was
really necessary or better off.
Effectively I have two LANs, one of which has an ISDN Router connecting me
to work, and the other one being my own little private network.
I'd like to set the ISDN card in the box to dial on demand for standard
internet traffic instead of going through work.
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