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About.com: Routing for Linux

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

"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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