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Old 01-30-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Best firewall and access/content monitor


Hi there everyone,

I am a relative newbie to linux but my experiences so far have been great. I have been running a red hat file server and an IP cop firewall for a couple of years now and they are wonderful.

I am moving factory in a month and thought it would be a good time to but the business (read: my new toy ) a 19" rackmount for servers, telephones etc...

Ip cop has been great as a firewall 100% reliable and straight forward to use. Now that I am moving I have decided that I need to restrict access to the internet from specific (most) machines on the network. The problem is that I will not always be here to configure the system (and I am not that good with config files and scripts) so I need something with a nice GUI. I was looking at getting two machines one with a firewall either IP cop or Devil-linux and another for content filtering and access restriction possibly censornet but that is twice as many machines, network cards etc... to go wrong.

Does anyone know of a good linux distro or add on for a distribution that will act as both a firwall, DHCP server and content/access filter that is simple to use?

Thanks in advance for any help...

Alex
 
Old 02-01-2006, 09:23 AM   #2
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If you liked IPCop, you will dump it quickly for ClarkConnect.
Check it out

google for clarkconnect

I would post the links to the site and the iso but this is my first post here and url linking is disabled
 
Old 02-01-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Looks interesting thanks. The reviews are really encouraging and it seems to have most of the features I am after.

Slightly pricier than the FREE I was hoping for but then I guess you pay for the convenience!
 
Old 02-01-2006, 12:34 PM   #4
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Most distros will be pretty good but I can *strongly* recommend using DansGuardian for your content filter. I am very happy with its performance and customizability. It was the best one that I could find when I was last looking at content filters - it allowed the most good through while keeping the bad out.
 
Old 02-01-2006, 02:48 PM   #5
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clarkconnect home edition is free!
It uses dans guardian and privoxy as content filters.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 03:00 AM   #6
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But I ain't no "home" user!
 
Old 02-02-2006, 03:42 AM   #7
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Yea- I understand. Im not either.
Trust me - Home edition is all you need.
You asked for opinions - take it or leave it.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 05:19 AM   #8
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Is it not limited to 5 users?
 
Old 02-02-2006, 06:56 AM   #9
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i have 25 on mine
 
Old 02-02-2006, 07:47 AM   #10
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Cool, I will give it a trial and see how I go. Thanks for the suggestion.
 
Old 02-07-2006, 03:06 PM   #11
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Why not just install the IPCop add-ons? They can do what you're asking.
 
Old 02-07-2006, 04:49 PM   #12
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ipcop quickly becomes unstable and full of holes with the add-ons
 
Old 02-07-2006, 07:30 PM   #13
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I've been running the add-ons stable for about 3 months now. I did expereince some freezing and crashing, but I changed hardware and haven't had a problem since. I think it's the best free solution out there if you don't want to configure everything from scratch.
 
Old 02-07-2006, 11:56 PM   #14
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Freezing and crashing-- typical
I used to think IpCop was the best too until I tried ClarkConnect
 
  


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