Chris racerx at
Fri Feb 22 23:41:51 UTC 2008

On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 18:07:26 -0500
"Donald" <Donald at> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I'm a Windows sysadmin who is new to Ubuntu. My son has been busting
> my chops to give it a look and I recently acquired a Dell 2650 that I
> would like to configure as a firewall for my network.
> Knowing next to nothing about the OS I was hoping someone could point
> me in the right direction where I might find some literature and
> how-to information that would assist me in this endeavor. My son
> simply gushes over Ubuntu and having seen the workstation version on
> his PC, I must admit that it appears very user-friendly. 
> At $1000.00+ for an entry-level SonicWall firewall (that my secadmins
> insist is not a "real" firewall) and upwards of $5000.00 for a
> CheckPoint solution, not to mention license fees, a Linux-like
> implementation simply makes good sense. A security consultant friend
> of mine swears that a rock-solid implementation is possible; I just
> need a little guidance. 
> Any assistance would be much appreciated.
> Thank You,
> Donald Koch

... most DSL/Cable broadband connections have firewalling within the
unit itself - that being said, that would be point one where to start.

Additionally, running the firewall and selinux (some folks don't care
much for selinux) that comes w/Ubu - you should do quite nicely.

Best regards,

Han Solo:
	Chewie and I will check it out, you two stay here.
Luke Skywalker:
	Quietly. There may be more of them out there.
Han Solo:
	Hey, it's me.
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