The Earl wrote:My current firewall is a Pentium Classic 200, with 32Mb. I have been debating getting a 4Gb CF card and replacing the HDD with it, as I am more prone to HDD failure than anything else. I have a file server, so I could just net-boot the thing, but I haven't been that motivated yet.
Just remember that you cannot rewrite to CF as much as you can with HDD so as long as the temp files are stored on a RAM drive and the CF is basically read only then you'd be fine. If you write temp files to the CF often then HDD would be better.
The Earl wrote:A few things about LInux and hardware:
Most OLDER hardware is well supported. Exceptions tend to be things very dependant on software drivers and rare stuff.
I wonder if they have something for my 8086 box and the custom hardware it runs off.
The Earl wrote:If you doubt this, try a liveCD of Ubuntu or a similar distro. It will find your sound, video, CD, USB, etc. You might have to dig a bit to connect your old-school parallel printer.
Though on one box the Ubuntu LiveCD just mangles the graphics but DSL (Linux Distro) worked farily well.
The Earl wrote:I prefer physical separation between my networks, so I don't like the idea of a VM firewall, but I am trying to think of a way that it could work. With a VM image, you could run the firewall on an existing system and on the OS of your choice without trying to work through an install and config.
It works (at least with Virtual PC, haven't tried the VMWare) to have an intermediate server IF you have 3 ethernet connections on the machine. 2 would be dedicated to the virtual server (WAN to LAN) and then the other is a dedicated to the host machine. Most computers come with 2 network jacks on the motherboard and so you'd just need to get a card.