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About.com: Routing for Linux

Jul 01, 2000, 15:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

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"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."

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