Subject: Re: NetBSD-i386 as a firewall/print server
To: Steven Grunza <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/24/2001 22:51:37
On Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 03:15:17PM -0500, Steven Grunza wrote:
> I'm looking to setup an old i386 with a bunch of RAM (about 16M or so),
> a 1.4 MB floppy drive, and a pair of Ethernet cards.
> The purpose of this machine is to:
> 1)    act as a firewall between my nephews' ADSL provider (who gives out
> dynamic addresses)
> 2)    act as a print server using Samba
> 3)    provide network communictions between both my nephews.  One is
> using a Macintosh with a 10BaseT card, the other is using an AMD box
> with a 10BaseT card.
> Both of them need to access the Internet and the single printer their
> family owns.
> I would really prefer to use NetBSD for this since I've been using
> NetBSD ports (sparc and i386) for several years.  Does anyone have any
> ideas/suggestions as to how to start?

With only a floppy drive it'll be hard - especially for the print server.
It has to spool jobs. If you don't print big files maybe you can handle this
with a MFS.
Also floppies aren't that reliable.
I'd just try to find a old small IDE disk.

Manuel Bouyer <>