Best distro for a non specialised router and general recommendations
From: Nil Einne (nil_einne1_at_email.com)
Date: 26 Feb 2004 09:28:09 -0800
Looking for a good distro for a computer that will primarily be a
router but will also be used for other purposes. A lot of people
recommend SmoothWall but it seems to be a little to specialised. I
will probably use IP Masq (NAT) and some SOCKs proxy. For the firewall
anything decent will do. It doesn't have to be superb since I'm
talking about 3 client computers + laptop and PDA here and a
modem+one-way terrestrial satellite here. Should mention it has to be
Linux. While I like what I hear about FreeBSD and OpenBSD, my
satellite receiver card only has Linux drivers.
I want is remote control of the router settings. This would be fine
throught a http interface. But the router will also be used for
surfing sometimes so it should have a decent GUI with an Internet
browser. A graphical FTP client is also needed. Very importantly also,
it should have Wine since I will probably use some P2P apps which may
not have good Linux equivalents out there. For control of the FTP ans
P2P apps, I also want a more advanced remote control probably control
over the GUI. As you may guess, this needs to have a Windows XP client
which I can use to control.
I think that's about all. I'm not sure if there is any distro which
might be suited other then general distro. If not, what do you
recommend? Or do you think it would be better to use a specialised
distro and then add what I need to it? This sounds as if it might be
very hard to get working properly though and difficult to
I'm welcome to any suggestions of course. One things that has occured
to me is using a specialised distro together with something like
VMware and running Windows on that to provide the browser etc.
Although more secure, I don't know how well the router comp (Athlon
socket 700mhz with 448mb RAM) will handle it. Also, it will mean I
will have to set up port forwarding etc for the apps. Any comments on
Thanks for any help all.
P.S. I'm willing to look at commercial solutions, just mention them.