Mailing List SIMS@mail.stalker.com Message #14670
From: Bill Cole <listbill@scconsult.com>
Subject: Re: Attack
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 21:05:41 -0400
To: SIMS Discussions <SIMS@mail.stalker.com>
At 1:52 PM -0600 7/24/04, Lewis Butler  imposed structure on a stream of electrons, yielding:
On 23 Jul 2004, at 08:44, Mike Hebel wrote:
1) Building a firewall machine from scratch.  Smoothwall and OpenBSD are
fairly easy to configure for firewall duty.  I use OpenBSD myself.

Is there an advantage to OpenBSD over BSD in this application?


You have to define what you mean by 'BSD' since there is not anything that can lay a claim to that bare name. There are essentially 5 current operating systems based on the BSD base:

1. FreeBSD: primarily focused on the x86 platform and a wide audience.
2. NetBSD: primarily focused on portability, including the ability to run on otherwise obsolete hardware.
3. OpenBSD: hardened, stripped down, and heavily code-audited to be the most secure system possible.
4. Darwin/MacOS: A mix of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and NextStep kernel code and userland with the BSD layer  running on top of a Mach microkernel.
5. DragonFly BSD: a fork of FreeBSD (based on the 4.x code) taking different approaches to scalability issues than FreeBSD 5.x is taking

For putting a firewall on a PC there is nothing better than OpenBSD.
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Bill Cole                                  bill@scconsult.com

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