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GentooPPC


I recently installed Gentoo on my Mac. And it has proved the best decision so far.
First off, the hardware can be found here

I have done a good few gentoo installs in the past few years, but non-on anything but the x86 architecture.
When I first considered installing Gentoo, I believed that I would loose allot of functionality of the hard ware. And as it has an ATI, May even be stuck in a Virtual Terminal for the remainder of my ppc/gentoo life. This review should show how easy and how much functionality you do really loose when you open source your Mac.


As previously announced in an ealier article, I have finally completed the migration of my laptop from Debian Etch to Fedora Core 5.

I would like to write about it and my impressions after 5 days of using Fedora.

Fedora Core comes in a set of 5 CD-Roms, but you can install it from the net. I chose the first option, and it is important to actually have the 5 CDs ready for the installation (contrary to what one guy told me earlier). The installation  was a breeze. Anaconda, the graphical installer, is a little bit less good-looking than the SuSE or Mandriva installers, but its even more effective.


I've created a smaller version of my original doc, "Roll Your Own Firewall", so as to get right to the point. However, the concept of a short doc when talking about firewalls is a bit of an oxymoron.

SUPERMIKE'S KICKING FIREWALL TUTORIAL

I. ROCKET FAST FIREWALL PRIMER

Let's get to the point. You have a new Linux or Unix PC, and you want a firewall on it without something that confuses you nor sprays files all over your hard drive in unknown places. You don't want to use something third-party, and you want to improve it meticulously as you learn how to do so. SuperMike is going to hook you up!

Roll Your Own Firewall


BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO FIREWALLS

Over the years I have learned how to roll my own firewall script and call it from /etc directory. Of course, my firewall is only INPUT based, instead of INPUT and OUTPUT based, but I find that building an INPUT/OUTPUT based firewall is tremendously difficult and not really all that necessary if you use good download practices on your Linux server or PC and/or if you're already behind a NAT router (such as a home-based DSL or cable router or wireless router) or other firewall.

If you're scratching your head on what I mean by INPUT and OUTPUT, then just think about you being inside a house that has a front door (INPUT), and a backdoor (OUTPUT). When you surf the web, you first start sending packets of data out your backdoor (OUTPUT). Then, packets return and come in your front door and then you see them. In some cases, some packets need to travel back out your backdoor (OUTPUT) in order to establish or continue a connection. To complicate things, imagine multiple front doors and backdoors, and your ability to direct traffic through these doorways through something called rules, which we explain in a moment.


As announced on my blog , I will soon move from my beloved Debian etch (or testing) to the upcoming Fedora Core 5.

How did I come to take such a decision?
I love several things in Debian. I run a Debian etch on my laptop, my old PC runs a Windows 2000 unconnected to the Net and is used for gaming; my company's servers run on Debian sarge except for the webserver, hosted somewhere else that run a nicely tuned Free BSD. Debian to me means the experience of one of the most authentic GNU and Free Software systems and in some sense, lifestyle.

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