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"ZeroShell: ZeroShell is a Linux distribution you can load onto PCs, servers and embedded devices. In addition to providing basic LAN services, it offers a RADIUS server for enterprise-level Wi-Fi security, a HTTP Proxy server with antivirus, OpenVPN server and client, and captive portal services. Other general features include load balancing and failover of multiple Internet connections and Wi-Fi AP mode with multiple SSID and VLAN support.

"You can download ZeroShell as a Live CD, hard disk image, VMware Virtual Machine, or Compact Flash image. They offer some limited documentation in the form of developer and community contributed articles. You may also want to check out my article series on ZeroShell.

"RouterOS: RouterOS is the Linux-based operating system used by the RouterBOARD product line by MikroTik. It can also be installed onto and run from X86-based PCs and servers. Along with the basic firewall and network services, it supports many VPN protocols, RADIUS server and client, TFTP server, and a hotspot gateway. Additionally, it offers various routing protocols and multiple wireless modes.

"A basic feature-set of RouterOS is freely available and additional functionality is offered via multiple license levels."

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