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Re: CPU for firewall machine?

On Thu, Aug 10, 2000 at 04:53:35PM -0700, Luca Filipozzi wrote:
> This is a firewall. It should run as few services as possible. Once
> the thing boots up, the only disk activity should be for syslog. Save
> the SCSI disks for real servers, imo.

I think so, too.

> As for RAM, 12-16MB should be sufficient. My poor little 486SX/25
> only has 8MB and is a bit painful to use. Nevertheless, it masqs
> my traffic nicely. And it doesn't need to swap anything to disk,
> since neither do I sit at it's console and use it, nor does it
> run any services.

I, too, occasionally administer a 486/25 machine and it masq's a cable
modem connection just fine. If the machine isn't processing / mailing
log entries it is pretty much always over 95% idle.

You know you've been on the computer too long when...
	after fooling around all day with routers etc, you pick up 
	the phone and start dialing an IP number...

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