Help on chosing OS
jon.mercer at achean.com
Mon Nov 11 02:38:09 GMT 2002
Roy Stark wrote:
>Can the users please give me some honest advice.
>I don't know FreeBSD or Linux but would like to setup a computer to serve
>* Email 5 users
>* WEB proxy but with a firewall to protect the Microsoft computers
>behind this machine
>* Host my site as well as allow FTP to certain files.
>Am I been too optimistic or can this be done?
>Is it possible for a novice to setup.
>Thanks in advance,
Sounds like what you need is not going to be dependant on just the
operating system, but also the suite of stuff you need to implement what
you want. For email Qpopper is very good. Squid for a web proxy (but
http only - maybe also look at a SOCKS proxy if you can find one) and
the FreeBSD packet filtering is very easy to work with.
Managing these applications (after all they are third party products to
both Linux and Free BSD [except packet filtering]) is made very easy on
FreeBSD with the ports collection and portupgrade.
IMHO FreeBSD is the easier of the two to work with because there is only
the one distribution, so getting familiar with it doesnt require reading
between the lines on a dozen different email forums to work out which
distro the author is using.
I'm sure others on the list will also want to contribute, especially
around the area of security, and you might want to specify exactly what
counts as web access - it has a great impact on what you need to let
through the firewall! Incidentally, I run all those things and more on a
dodgy old P166 which doesn't struggle an ounce, an dodesn't get rebooted
for months at a time.
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