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TechRepublic: Give Old PCs a New Lease on Life as Linux Firewalls

Jul 02, 2002, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Hiner)

"If your company is like most, you probably have a PC graveyard filled with old systems that are too slow to run the latest versions of Windows. However, before you ship those systems off to technology recycling centers or give them away to employees, you should consider one possible way to reuse them: Turn them into Linux firewalls.

"Many of these old PCs can easily run Linux, which requires less system resources than Windows. With a few hardware modifications, they can be turned into solid, reliable firewalls. These firewalls can be used to segment certain departments (such as accounting) from the rest of the network, or they can be used in remote offices and/or for telecommuters. Small businesses may even find that a Linux firewall can serve them well as their primary means of sharing Internet access and staying protected from Internet attackers..."

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