Tugger the SLUGger!SLUG Mailing List Archives

Re: [SLUG] Older i386 looking for buff firewall. Must know how to handle bad packets...


Around about 1047h 28/11/2000, Aaron Binns delivered the following wisdom:
> Seriously, if all I am running is IPchains, how much swapping will be going on?
> it is headless - no GUI - and I am going to remove the soundcard and any other
> devices which are not required.. though the 20MB drive will stick about as I
> have nowhere else to put it.

If you can, take the hard disk out and create a boot floppy that will function
as the file system for the firewall box. This will make you have to consider
what you want on the file system, since you only have a very limited capacity.

This will reduce the amount of data that linux would want to cache. Although
this is a minor concern, it will ease you swapping pain if you only have 4MB
RAM.

> For all the talk of a basic 386 running Linux .. is it really true? The mobo
> cannot handle any more ram chips and I don't want to spend a heap of dosh on new
> chips for such old equipment. So can Linux really handle a 386 sx with 4mb ram
> (stable with decent uptime).. or have I found my first myth & untruth about
> Linux? heck Id been looking forward to seeing Linux run on the old box.

I've had Linux running on a 386 SX 16MHz with 4 MB o' RAM. I took it to my
girlfriends place for when I got console withdrawals ;-)

It's possible, but don't expect an interactive shell to be very fast if it is
compiled in with all the goodies. A heavily cut down version of the Bourne
Shell would do nicely.
-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v1.0.4 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org
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=/ASL
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

Attachment: pgpsrw5kJ25Eq.pgp
Description: PGP signature