Chris racerx at
Fri Feb 22 23:43:46 UTC 2008

On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:40:11 -0800
Rich Rudnick <rich at> wrote:

> Donald 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. 
> > 
> You could install a full fledged linux OS and configure it as a
> firewall, but you might find more useful as a
> dedicated installation.

I agree here, if you have a low-end box, install smoothwall. Use the
new Lappy for YOUR install of Ubu (or what ever *nix you wish to play

Best regards,

Bit rot
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