From: Wynne, Conor (Conor.Wynne at domain compaq.com)
Date: Wed 15 Aug 2001 - 10:12:17 IST
I used smoothwall for quite some time - well since 0.96 anyway. The PCformat
Its designed as a toaster "appliance server" if you like.
i.e.: Its a firewall, newer versionns include caching, and 0.99 is suposed
to come with squid aswell as snort and other intrusion detection tools.
Extensive logging all available over http in a nice gui interface.
If you wish to customise it, then why not. I have info - at home - as to how
to compile you own kernel on smoothie. And you could install a compiler and
compile samba from source, but samba should not be on your firewall anyway.
I got rid of smoothie as I wanted more from my box. So I grabbed a mandrake
8 CD, compiled a dedicated kernel, removed all unused services and packages
- to speed up a p200 and to have better security - and I run samba on it
now. As I have a dial up ISDN connection and I'm only connected to check
mails and download files, aswell as research, I rarely stay online for more
than a hour at a time.
I am pretty sure this is a totally safe setup - for me. If you wan't a
permanent connection to the net, then don't add packages to smoothie.
If you really wan't to customise your own kernel - why not. Just compile it
"statically" on another box, copy the kernel to diskette, then copy to /boot
on smoothie, run /sbin/lilo and your sorted. As smoothie is compiled for
386, this is a good idea to get better throughput, and maybe make it even
Install a box behind it and your sorted.
From: Nils Olofsson [mailto:nils at domain eircom.net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2001 11:32 PM
To: ilug at domain linux.ie; macarthy at domain iol.ie
Subject: [ILUG] re :smoothwall
[ILUG] Smoothwall + squid + samba
"JustinMacCarthy" <macarthy at domain iol.ie>
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 11:17:15 +0100
<ilug at domain linux.ie>
>I was thinking of building a Smoothwall + squid + samba , I want some
>network storage accessable from Win2000 / WinNT / Linux boxes with will
>serve as the internet connection of my network
>Here are my questions:
>1. Will putting squid + samba on the box defeat the purpose of smoothwall
>the first instance ??
>2. Will a p166 96mb of ram be powerful enough
>3. Is the cache tha comes with smoothwall squid (or as good as ) ?
>4. Other things to look out for?
1. Smoothwall is a custom build kernel and i it does no come with samba and
it would be classed as a security risk to but it on.Also it does not come
with the tools to compile software(the download is only 22mb ver 0.8.9).
2 .I Set up Smoothwall on a 486 with 12mb ram and it ran ok,because the
access was only isdn and there was only 12 computer accessing the computer
at any one time. I supect that if the user grow to 20 -50 users,I would need
to upgrade the machine to a pentium.
3. Smoothwall will act as a gateway and proxy server and i never had any
problems with it. That is what it was designed for.
4. configuring external isdn TA's is a bitch.. excuse the language but i
that it is sorted out in ver 0.9.9 .
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