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Re: Firewall, Router, PPP

On Wed, Oct 04, 2000 at 01:24:39PM -0600, Brian Blater wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've heard a lot about Debian and thought I would give it a try. I've been
> using RedHat on and off for a little while. Before I install I wanted to ask
> a few questions.
> I would like to set up my system to be a firewall, router and do ppp for my
> home network. Basically I would like the linux box to automatically dial my
> isp whenever any of  the computers on my home network wants to access the
> internet. Because of this I will need to do some routing and also want to
> make sure I'm protected from the hackers by doing some kind of firewall.
> Since this is all I want this machine to do (I have another machine that
> will sit behind the "firewall" for other things,) what packages do you
> suggest I install? Or maybe I should ask what packages I deffinitely do not
> want to install. I know there are some applications with security risks and
> since this machine will only be doing the above mentioned tasks I won't need
> everything, just the basics.
> Are there any gotchas or things I should before installing Debian? What
> types of installation methods are there with Debian? Server, workstation,
> custom?

if you got some intelligent replies to this, i missed them...

with debian, we have our own package manager, called "advanced
package tool" or "apt" for short. with a proper connection and
a good config setup, a debian user can update her whole system
	apt-get update
(to download the latest package lists) and
	apt-get upgrade
(to download and install any changes that have been made).

with the potato/2.2 debian cd (image) you can be up and running,
unless you run into hardware snags/compatibility issues, in
less than an hour; and to use it as a firewall for your home
intranet, just
	apt-get install ipmasq
and you're off to the races.


things are more like they used to be than they are now.

will@serensoft.com *** http://www.dontUthink.com/

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