Fred Weston wrote:
> Based on what you are asking for, I think m0n0BSD would be a good
> choice. You can run the BSD kernel and whatever services you want on an
> old PC, or even a Soekris if you want something appliance like that
> doesn't make any noise. Manuel suggested using Webmin, which would give
> you a decent web administration utility. If that doesn't work for you,
> then you're just too hard to please. :-)
Ah, the last mail was, accidentaly, a private reply.
Okay, since it seems I might unsubscribe (sorry, sad to say this, but
why stay ?) I will try to clarify my needs. I was a bit detailed in my
first post, but somehow that got left out.
When I felt a need for a router/firewall at home I checked out the
Soekris, but back then only the low-end version existed and my request
on the mailing-list provoked even flames :-( The EPIA-CL (Mini-ITX with
dual LAN) did not exist back then.
So I decided to cook my own. (As always)
Since this is for my home I have no desire to run a seperate firewall,
the only solution I would accept is an embedded Firewall system on a PCI
card but that is very expensive. (300 Euro,
Now I have a So370 based Micro-ATX system in a custom case (designed by
myself) with two 120mm temp-controled fans, running with 256MB DDR266
and a VIA C3 "Nehemiah" at 1GHz. The CPU is cooled passively. The PSU
was modded by a friend of mine. Right now I run a single 120GB harddsik.
I plan to add a S-ATA Raid controller as soon as I have better overview
of their performance. This also allows to run a 4th disk as JBOD and use
it as HotSwap backup-solution in a 5.25 frame. It couldn't be more
perfect :-) !
The final goal is to run system-software off of a IDE-Flash, while
running $HOMEs and other storage from RAID.
This might look strange but this is my HomeServer and I am not turning
it off, even when I go on vacation. However, /then/ I only need the
harddisks run twice a day for fetchmail. Should help to save power,
produce less heat (why run an unused RAID-5 over two weeks ?) and, well,
I admit, its fun to try new things.
As long as I have searched for appropriate hardware as long I am going
to search for appropriate software, it seems.
I was very fascinated by m0n0wall. I would love to run *BSD on that box,
and have an integrated package. m0n0wall does much better than Webmin,
and is very sweet, so I had a hope, that some people also like to
combine it with more 'aggressive' services.
Anyway, thanks for all the replies.
I am going to find something based on FreeBSD (OpenBSD did not inastall
on my 120GB hda, whereas FreeBSD 5.1 did, partially, and I might upgrade
to a dual C5P CPU (dual RNG, AES in hardware, peak: 12.5 Gb/s)
and OpenBSD is not SMP.
I hope nobody is angry with me regarding this post, which is a little
off-topic, I know you guys are hardware-enthusiasts as much as me and I
believe, that many of you will like to hear about other solutions.
Especially the last link might come interesting, since it shows a very
nice solution, that offers most of the "embedded" advantages but with
more horsepower and the possibility to add generic hardware. Just look
at that dual C5P Mini-ITX board with PC400, USB, Firewire and dual LAN.
I hope I could shed a little light on my 'exotic' needs.