> Well, if it needs to be very cheap you can try a fairly flexible LINUX or
> *BSD solution.
> This is cheap if your time costs nothing. ;)
You'll spend pretty much the same amount of time one way or the other. It's
what you do during that time which is different. To me, spending the time
to understand the firewall at it's basic operational level is a Good Thing(tm).
Having the code available for the utilities in order to perform verification
of operation is also swell...
Besides, if you're more familiar with a "free" software environment vs.
whatever, you may find yourself spending _less_ time, as opposed to learning
a vendor's platform/setup/way of doing things. Then there's licensing,
waiting on the phone for tech support, praying on your knees palms open
hoping for needed patches to fall from heaven, etc.
Pick your poison, you'll still spend time on it. Which method you consider
_useful_ time spent is up to you...
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