Re: which port/version to load
From: Andreas Janssen (andreas.janssen_at_bigfoot.com)
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 18:08:52 +0200
GSteven (<email@example.com>) wrote:
> Oops. I knew after I posted this that I was not specific enough. I
> appreciate the timely responses though I did find it interesting that
> I got 2 seemingly opposing ideas. One to use a minimal install and the
> other with "all kind of software".
> Bottom line is... I need something small that I can boot and forget
> AND the ISP connection is dial up, not DSL. I'm thinking that rules
> out the fli4l though I will look into it.
fli4l supports ISDN, DLS and ethernet, but you can upgrade it to support
ppp dialup using a modem, with dial on demand. It has been some time
since I took a closer look at it, but I think you need to get the
additional modem package. If I remember correctly I made it work on my
system once that way.
> Free (as in no cash outlay) would be good. And the simpler the better.
You can download all of the distros that were mentioned so far, at least
the parts of it that you need. For Fedora, Debian and Mandrake, the ISO
image of the first CD should be more than sufficient. I don't know
about the SuSE iso, maybe if you need some server software, e.g. SMTP,
you need additional packages. You can however download them from their
ftp server. I do not recomment Knoppix for this kind of system - it is
a great live CD, but it does not have security support.
Fli4L is configured through text files. You set the options you want and
then create a floppy disk with that options. It takes some time to go
through all the options, but if you want to have a simple gateway, I
think this is still the easiest way.
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