Contributed by jose on from the small.-functional.-stable.-secure. dept.
- Give the con attendees access to the internet.
- Give the participants who were playing root wars access to the internet.
- Firewall 1 & 2 from each other.
Read on for more of a project description.
"Once the devices were set up and running they remained running through out the whole con without incident. After the con was over I had to get one. Got together with a few friends and showed them this great device that we must get. (Note: Soekris provides discount on bulk purchases) After doing our group order they arrived on time.
Now, with our Soekrises in hand we had to decide what OS we were going to load. I am an OpenBSD convert so I did not want to use the FreeBSD setup that Matt had used. So off to Google (http://www.google.com) we went in search to see if anyone else had found a way to get OpenBSD on to a compact flash for our Soekris boxes. Google did not fail us, we came across Chris Cappuccio's site . With this information in hand Mike Scott and I set off to see how it worked. We found a few things that were missing and started making changes. ( Thank GOD for a BSD License ) After a couple of weeks of tweaking here and there and trying to maintain changes I requested a project page at SourceForge and on 11/02/2002 14:49 PST it was approved. So I imported what we had at the time into CVS and rolled the first release. Over time, the development team has grown from the initial three people to eight.
Opensoekris is designed to put a minimal installation of OpenBSD on to a compact flash and have the soekris act as a GATEWAY device. By using OpenBSD it has all the functionality of PF for handling firewall and NAT functions.
Here is what it is capable of doing for you:
- Makes an image from the version of OS that you are currently building from. (No Need to grab etxXX.tgz or baseXX.tgz anymore)
- Has the ability to write an image so it can be duplicated to several devices, or to write the install directly to the compact flash.
- Customize the configs before the image is created.
- Archive configs, ssh_host keys, and kernels
- DHCP Server, Syslogd, etc...
- And much, much more..."
I should note that the project is located at the OpenSoekris site , and I'm actually one of the developers. We've been stalled a bit lately on outside commitments, but I have been running one of these systems for a while and been very pleased, the uptime is remarkable and the rack space is negligable. Well worth checking out.
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