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Byte.com: More Orchids And Onions, But No Broadband [Jerry Pournelle on Rebel, Samba, and More]

Feb 24, 2001, 01:50 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

"Last month, I did the Chaos Manor User's Choice Awards, and the Orchid and Onion Parade. I was in a hurry to get it done, and apparently lost some notes, so we will open with new orchids and awards before the Chaos Story of the Month."

"First, the Rebel Netwinder Linux appliance tool I use to connect to the Internet. This little jewel sits in the cable room and just runs. It's a firewall, it's a DNS Server, it works like a router, and it sees that everything on my internal network is connected -- alas still through a 56K US Robotics Courier Modem -- to the external world. It uses a rather underpowered little RISC chip, but it does the job, and gets a large orchid with carnations. More good news: Rebel is bringing out a new model based on Intel hardware."

"One of the things I like about Linux is its flexibility -- you can use Linux on your desktop workstation, on a high-volume Web server, as a firewall or router, as a back-end database server, etc. My little Netwinder communications server from www.rebel.com is, in fact, a StrongARM RISC-based computer running a variant of Red Hat Linux. It's quiet, it handles my Internet connectivity and security, and it just works."

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