[CentOS] Using a CentOS 6 Machine as a gateway/router/home server

Tue Jun 30 06:23:28 UTC 2015
Sorin Srbu <Sorin.Srbu at orgfarm.uu.se>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
> Behalf Of Gordon Messmer
> Sent: den 29 juni 2015 19:40
> To: CentOS mailing list
> Subject: Re: [CentOS] Using a CentOS 6 Machine as a gateway/router/home
> server
> On 06/29/2015 06:46 AM, Sorin Srbu wrote:
> > Even considering a minimal CentOS install, is that still less minimal
> > than e.g. Smoothwall or Ipcop?
> Yes, a minimal install of CentOS is probably larger (less minimal) than a
> specialized distribution.
> > In my world, security has a price and, and that might be the need to
> > learn another distro in order to minimize security issues (and maybe
> > as in this case minimize attack-surfaces).
> When all of your systems are one OS, you can more easily build an
> infrastructure that provides backups, security and bug fix updates,
> monitoring, etc for all of your systems.  Specialized devices are often
left out
> when admins set up infrastructure to provide those services for their
> systems.  That's one way that a general purpose OS can be significantly
> better than a specialized OS.

Those are good points, thanks.

I'm probably somewhat indoctrinated by the Smoothwall community and the
thesis that an appliance like that, that only does one thing is really good
at doing just that.

Thanks all for your thoughts on this!