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Should my gateway be linux?

Should my gateway be linux?

Should my gateway be linux?

Its going to be a small lan in place of the lan I have now (xp pro gateway-xp pro clients). I have never used linux. What I want to do is have the gateway be linux (from what I understand I can have Much better security with linux?) and my clients will be as follows 2xp clients, 1 win95 (to allow access for an older laptop). The goal from this whole adventure would be to gain security. Whats my best plan of action?

RE: Should my gateway be linux?

Hi Eminem's Mom!

Firstly, what did you do to that kid?

Second, Linux is great for this kind of job. If you're afraid of the learning curve, there's a great product available that packages up all of the functionality you need. It's a linux/application package called E-Smith (SME Server). www.e-smith.org

It has a commercial option, but if you have a broadband connection, you can download the "developer" edition for free (fully licenced!).

It will run on a modest dedicated PC (any pentium > 64MB, 2 PCI network cards) and will provide you with:

- firewall
- mail server
- web server
- anti-virus scanning (extra cost)


Don't buy an NT/2000 box with server licence and a CAL for each machine that uses it! Get this superior product instead for free!

Dave Mc Donald

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