It’s official. I am now using Smoothwall firewall at home. I made the switch yesterday afternoon. Now, I feel fairly secure about my home network. I have several systems at home running different flavors of Linux plus a laptop on a wireless network. Prior to the switch, I had a Netgear wireless router that acted as a router, firewall and a wireless access point.
I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.
I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.
I just logged in to check on my neglected linux box. I am delighted to know the system has been running for 179 days. A power failure caused the last downtime. In reality, it has been over a year since I rebooted my system. Of course, I checked the logs for intrusions. I was glad to know the box is relatively secure. The system is running on Mandrake 10.0 Linux distribution on 2.6.3 kernel.