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Old 05-20-2003, 10:00 AM   #1
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For a while now my primary computer has been a dual-boot Win98/Linux Mandrake 8.2. At the time, I installed Linux mostly out of curiosity. Recently I aquired a second machine on which I have installed Redhat 9. I would like this machine to be an internet gateway for my Win98 box, as well as being a web server/mail server/firewall. I also intend on using this machine to experiment with WINE and other apps. I am not too concerned with performance, but am I asking too much of this machine security wise. Would it help to introduce a hub/switch between this machine and the outside world.

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Old 05-20-2003, 11:30 AM   #2
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No, millions run a configuration like just like that one. Just make sure you run up2date every so often (or click the system tray icon) to stay secure and you're set.

I wouldn't bother with Wine unless you have a specific need for it, which for a toy machine you probably don't. In general, investigate the native options first, and only use Wine as a last resort.
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Well for firewall, etc I disagree with using RedHat and definately a GUI on it. I suggest OpenBSD for firewall usage.

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Old 05-20-2003, 11:57 AM   #4
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Yeah mhearn is right. In my experience experimenting with WINE is like playing with plutonium. It crashes often and you don't want things crashing on your gateway.
Old 05-20-2003, 03:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! I don't need WINE, I just want to check it out. I'll probably just leave my primary as a dual boot and play with it there.


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