turns old hardware into a firewall
using floppyfw and Coyote Linux.
Floppfw takes a minimalist approach that requires you to understand
iptables in order to customize it. Its lack of remote administration could
be seen as an advantage for both resource-constrained and
security-conscious users. Running SSH or a Web server takes up memory and
processor resources that could be used to support more users. It is also
one less source of potential vulnerabilities. Those familiar with Linux and
command-line administration will feel right at home with floppyfw.
Coyote Linux shines when it comes to ease of use. The disk creation program
is easy to install on both Linux and Windows. The Web-based administration
interface makes changing firewall settings a breeze. Add-on packages are
also easy to install; in most cases, you just copy the file to the diskette
and reboot. If you do not have much Linux experience, or if you just prefer
graphical administration, Coyote Linux makes more sense for you.
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