Re: best distro for security


I still have some doubts on distro as IpCop, Smoothwall, Basteille,
Endian and the like. I mean, they seem to be really small, maybe 40MB,
while major distro are one or few cds. As long as I'd like to change
the OS of the WInXP machine physically connected to the internet cable
and that shares this connection with other pcs in a lan, but without
installing an OS that has only firewall capabilities, I'd like to get
the Linux-BSD secure features, while being able to work with other
programs on that pc too. Could it be a better solution to get a
"general distro" (which usually has yet more secure features than Win
by itself...) and than add a more powerfull firewall software (not
another ditro, just a program) if needed?
I'd like to make some comparison before deciding what to keep, so on
the BSD side I'm now downloading FreeBSD, while on the Linux side I've
not yet decided (maybe Debian, ubuntu, Gentoo...), suggestion?

Thanks for helping,

Jesper H. wrote:
On 2006-08-08, Ertugrul Soeylemez wrote:
Now you just need to enable IP forwarding. Many distributions provide
simple facilities to do this, but at the low level, you would issue
the following command:

# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

However, if your distribution provides such facilities, you should use
them, as otherwise you had to issue that command after each reboot.

Wouldn't it be better/cleaner to configure it in /etc/sysctl.conf?

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