About.com: Routing for Linux
Jul 01, 2000, 15:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Thanks to Linux, all of these problems can be solved in one
fell swoop if you've got an older, unused computer laying
around which meets at least these specifications:
- A reasonably fast CPU. Any 486 ought to do.
- At least 16 megabytes of memory.
- A working floppy drive.
- Two ethernet cards, preferably of a commonly supported type
(NE2k, 3c509, Tulip, etc.)"
"With this equipment we are going to build a stand-alone
firewall/router which will provide long and reliable service at
very little cost.
No hard drive, sound, or other I/O hardware
is necessary. A video display and a keyboard are helpful for
installation, but are unnecessary afterward. The tool of choice (at
least for this article) is called Freesco. The Freesco software
distribution is a scaled-down Linux operating system small enough
to fit on a single floppy. It contains only the bare essentials: a
stable Linux kernel, a few network services, some ethernet drivers,
and some scripts for configuration."