On Mon, 30 Jun 1997, Pete Vickers wrote:
This thread has little to do with firewalls. I would recommend first picking
the application, and then choosing the best suited platform available.
Read more iff you like subjective opinions.
> question is what O/S & H/W to implement the host on ? Corporate policy is
> Win NT throughout, but my experince & this mailing list suggest
> otherwise... I think an appropriate solution would be a version of UNIX.
I think so as well.
> Corporate policy & my confidence [probably] preclude free/unsupported [?]
> versions such as Linux. I am tempted to get a DEC Alpha c/w OSF/1 , if at
Linux is not unsupported, and if you want to even pay for support, you can
do it. Try Redhat, Caldera or their resellers.
However it takes more longer to setup a full-featured firewall on Linux now,
as no one I am aware of sells point&drool firewall software for it. (But you
get the feeling of knowing every little piece of your firewall. It means
I myself like OSF/1, I consider it the most professional non-free OS.
Choosing anything is heavily related to the budget size and prejudices.
If you have big budget and big customer's prejudices, you can choose OSF/1
and big hardware. It will be a nice system. If little budget or prejudice,
you can choose Linux, and it will be a nice system as well. If little budget
and big prejudice you can choose NT, and you'll be lost (this sentence has
lots of prejudices in it:).
There are lots of other possibilities: you can buy a black box style
firewall, like Watchguard (oh no, that one is red), or stay on intel
platform and buy one of the many firewalls having nothing to do with an os:
BorderWare and gnats (do I remember well?) is an example of those. They do
have an os, but it is hidden inside.
> a later date NT becomes more stable/dependable I can then change to NT on
Let your life be so looooong :) Maybe our grandchildren will witness that, but I
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