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need iptables firewall

What I'm trying to do is build a stateful firewall using iptables. The machine I want to put it on has 16 meg, and RedHat won't install in that, but Debian will. I've read on another list that others prefer Debian for instructional purposes, so I'm viewing this as a chance to get acquainted with it. That's in addition to the main purpose of replacing the Drawbridge firewall, which doesn't do everything we need any more.

My first thought was to use woody, since I read somewhere that it uses the 2.4 kernel, and I read somewhere else that I need that one for iptables. I installed it, and it turned out to have the 2.2.19 kernel, so I didn't gain anything. I'm now thinking that I should just go back and install potato, since it looks like I'm going to have to figure out how to replace the kernel in any case.

Could somebody point me to where I should start reading? It looks like I need to know how to replace a kernel and how to set up and configure iptables. I didn't get many hits when I did a search for "iptables" on the Debian website.

I'm a debian newbie, but have experience installing and administering 4.2/4.3 BSD, Ultrix, and FreeBSD. I've never installed Linux before today, but have done some admin on running RedHat systems. I got woody installed and running off the hard drive. Then I killed it by going back and installing the Ethernet driver.



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