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I am trying to set up a linux box as an internet gateway/router/firewall for my cable connection.
I have come across FREESCO which boots and runs from a floppy and this is fine for the moment but I'd rather learn a little more of LINUX proper and would like to set up the same kind of thing on the hard drive.
(for some reason i cant get freesco to "export" to the hard drive)
So I'm using mandrake 8.1, defaulting to kernal 2.4.* but after all the install i get LI on bootup and nothing happens.
I was under the impression that LILO was a multiboot system, and as I only ever want to boot to 2.4 am I doing something wrong here?(ie do i need lilo?)
hehe.. so you're not actually asking about firewalls at all....? i'd have a look at a prog called 'firestarter', which sets up a firewall really easily.
as for lilo, well you want somethign like that as it can give a number of different ways to get into the system, like a failsafe boot if things break and such like.
LI means that it wasn't able to open the second stage of the loader, possibly down to geometry problems. is this machine fairly old? you might need to add 'lba32' to the lilo.conf, and re-run lilo. but without more info on your system, and the layout of the harddrives, its hard to point a finger
540 Mb HDD on ide0 as master. No other operating systems on it. I just want a minimal version of linux. Im not too concerned about running X, as I understand that the fewer services that run on a "Firewall" machine the safer it should be.
It boots to Mandrake from a floppy, to the HD install(if that makes sence) without a problem, however just refuses to boot straight from the HD.
I am running my firewall/router with Mandrake Single network Firewall 7.1. Set up was a snap and has been up and running 24/7 for over a month now. Heck, I do not even have a keyboard or monitor setup on it.
If you consider using it, I recommend that you download and read the .pdf file from Mandrake, it comes in handy.
If you change something and you don't
rerun LILO you have a problem! I suggest booting by another means like loadlin
from a windoze partition or even the install
boot floppy if your distro has one. Then
simply (as root) lilo. this will clear things
up in all likelihood.