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Old 04-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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Can anyone offer advise ?


Im currently re-configuring a public computerlab of 25 PC's I would like to setup a virtual server as a proxy/webfilter to force all PC's to go through to check for the usual blocking (swear words, adult content etc...)

I used to use Coyote Linux many years ago for internet proxy, but Im sure the webfilter part is not supported in coyote.

any advice on something free/GNU or low cost? it's for a not for profit kids club.

I need to protect them from the bad stuff on the internet, Net nanny is toomuch to configure on each PC, Im looking for a central place to control it. Our Netgear router has stopped working correctly (doesn't email us anymore)

Thanks for any and all advice provided...
 
Old 04-28-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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The most popular ones are probably
http://www.ipcop.org/
http://www.smoothwall.org/
http://pfsense.org/ (BSD based)

Although, I guess you could run practically any distro with Dansguardian and Sqid. Depends how much time you want to invest. Also consider that running as a Virtual machine might not be the ideal idea, performance and network configuration wise. But it definitely do-able.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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Virtualization

My system I would be using is an HP DL380 Dual Proc Server,6 GB ram it was donated so I was going to use vmware to utilize the server as 2 servers and add a Windows XP vm for periodic quake server for the good kids.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 12:09 PM   #4
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@compuguy: This is probably what you want to explore.

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... you could run practically any distro with Dansguardian and [Squid].
You can force all users through the squid http proxy using a number of different approaches.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 12:33 PM   #5
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Squid....

Now the only desired component I have been asked to offer the managment of the establishment is to offer them a type of interface they can add/remove the swear words or sites to block, similar to thier netgear device now.

I will explore the squid and dansguardian tool. Thanks!.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 12:50 PM   #6
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Sure, I can offer some advice: make your thread title meaningful (and use "advice" for the noun and "advise" for the verb).
 
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:41 PM   #7
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English major

While being correct I didn't place the appropriate word for it's usage here (by mistake), the request did manage to pickup a few answers.

I don't believe the requirement for the forums was to be drilled by an English major.

Thank-you to all who contributed and thankyou to the english major who couldn't answer but decided to pick on how my message was interpreted.

Thus once again showing me the real workers solve issues while managers and English majors just check our spelling.

No flame intended here, Linux forums provide great information, and periodically grammatical lessons
 
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:55 PM   #8
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See if untangle may suit your needs.
http://www.untangle.com/
http://wiki.untangle.com/index.php/U...ance_on_VMware

Might paw through the vast assortment of pre-made VM's at VMware's appliance site. Many are already to go.

Adding in a good host file to any install may improve security and speed too.

I sometimes think it is easier to allow only a few sites rather than try to block 80,000

Last edited by jefro; 04-28-2010 at 06:01 PM.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by compuguy View Post
While being correct I didn't place the appropriate word for it's usage here (by mistake), the request did manage to pickup a few answers.

I don't believe the requirement for the forums was to be drilled by an English major.

Thank-you to all who contributed and thankyou to the english major who couldn't answer but decided to pick on how my message was interpreted.

Thus once again showing me the real workers solve issues while managers and English majors just check our spelling.

No flame intended here, Linux forums provide great information, and periodically grammatical lessons
While we prefer good grammar here, we generally don't make a specific post about it. However, the main issue in Catkin's post was
Quote:
Originally Posted by catkin
make your thread title meaningful
Grammar was just a side note. I recommend you read this if you haven't already.
 
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:56 AM   #10
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Thank-you for all the suggestions. I'm testing untangle at the moment

I will make a more meaningful title in the future.
 
Old 05-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #11
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I can't tell if those guys were kidding or just being silly.
 
  


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