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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

dvNull A few options (238 comments)

There are a few affordable solutions out there. Here are 3 options with support for IPSec, OpenVPN and PPTP.

1. Ubiquiti Edge Router, The Lite model retails around $99. The gui is intuitive and easy to use. The latest update makes setting up site to site IPSec tunnels pretty simple. Don't like the GUI? No problem, It has ssh and serial support and is based on the excellent vyatta fork VyOS.
2. Mikrotik, I recommend the RB2011 series as they have 10 ports ( 5GigE and 5 FastE ), plus the $129 model has wifi and an SFP port as well. Quite easy to set up.
3. pfSense. The hardware is pricey but the software is excellent and works well in a VM. You can pick up a low end fanless micro ATX board , pick up an extra NIC and have a quiet firewall sitting in your living room.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft R&D Burgled: Only Apple Products Stolen

dvNull Re:as much as I'd like to make a joke... (141 comments)

Microsoft sports a very aggressive corporate culture where if you don't use Microsoft for everything, you're "not a team player."

This is not true. I know many people @ Microsoft who use iphones. I even know a few who dual boot linux on their laptops or who have macs.

Linux is used on print servers internally to this day, though it's a dirty secret.

This is not true either.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

dvNull Re:t-mobile (288 comments)

You've clearly not been to Kirkland then. T-Mobile coverage sucks there. You get service on one side of Lake Washington Boulevard but not the other. No service near the courthouse. Cross over 405 on 85th towards Redmond, and its full bars.

more than 2 years ago

SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

dvNull Re:Must be involved.... (104 comments)

Paying for a proprietary software license is no guarantee that you are in compliance. Even buying the software puts you at risk of a BSA raid. All it takes is for one employee to install the software on a machine not covered by the license, and you're at risk of serious fines.

Actually, all it takes is to not have the receipts or have purchased the software from ebay or Amazon. From what I understand , BSA does not consider software purchased from places like Amazon or Ebay as legit.

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

dvNull Re:Your choice (958 comments)

I work for a few small companies and luckily for me, they are all very strict on their licensing compliance requirements.

A few however did not keep their receipts easily accessible which is pretty much what the BSA looks for. Original CDs, certs of authenticity apparently don't cut it. We spent some time and was able to get all the documentation ready just in case.

more than 5 years ago

Is Apple Killing Linux on the Desktop?

dvNull Re:my rebuttal (1224 comments)

Hmm, So far I have had no problems opening up docs, videos and pictures on my SMB shares.

As with 10.5 browsing samba shares has been an issue unless you have (a) mounted the share or (b) type it manually.

about 7 years ago



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