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linux ICS questions
10-06-2013, 12:32 PM,
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linux ICS questions
First a bit of background.
Right now I have a dedicated laptop ( HP pavilion G7 ) running windows 7 and currently it's only job is to take a secure wifi signal and share that signal on my wired network which is based on a linksys EZXS16W switch. Further down the network that signal is redistributed back to a different secure wifi signal via a linksys WRT54G.

Right now this works flawlessly.

This dedicated laptop will be removed from the system this coming weekend. I wish to replace it with another ( HP 6910p ) running linux.

My questions are as follows:
1. Which flavor of linux should I use ?
2. How much hard drive space and RAM do I need to accomplish this ?
3. Precisely how do I set this up under linux ?
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10-06-2013, 02:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-06-2013, 02:38 PM by CharliePrime.)
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(10-06-2013, 12:32 PM)JFK Wrote: Right now I have a dedicated laptop ( HP pavilion G7 ) running windows 7 and currently it's only job is to take a secure wifi signal and share that signal on my wired network which is based on a linksys EZXS16W switch. Further down the network that signal is redistributed back to a different secure wifi signal via a linksys WRT54G.

Why are you doing all that? I don't understand your set-up.

As a general matter, Debian and Ubuntu are easier to mess with because of the large installed user base. If you run into a configuration problem, searches turn up more help on forums and blogs with Debian and Ubuntu because so many more home users use them than Fedora or Suse. Also, you are more likely to find little bits of software you need packed for Debian than the others.

I believe very little RAM and HD space is necessary for what you want, like 1 gig of ram and 20 megs of HD space.

I've looked at all the light versions of Linux, ...Arch, Puppy, DSL, etc. The easiest to mess with is Xubuntu although it's not actually really, really light. I really like the XFCE desktop environment.

Right now I'm on this little Acer nettop in my garage. ($50 on ebay all day). I run Debian with XFCE on it.

http://www.xfce.org


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10-06-2013, 02:49 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-06-2013, 03:06 PM by JFK.)
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(10-06-2013, 02:07 PM)CharliePrime Wrote: Why are you doing all that? I don't understand your set-up.
Expanding on my first post, This building uses galvanized steel studding in the walls effectively creating a Faraday cage. Comcast supplies internet to a neighbor 2 stories below me. He shares that connection with me and WANTS to distribute that signal as far as possible. That
connection is received and distributed by the laptop which I am changing out. I am changing that laptop out because I will be doing an upgrade on it next weekend, it is currently a 2.4Ghz core 2 duo and when I am finished it will be a 2.5Ghz quad core ( for under $20 + my time, which I estimate to be about 4 hours... Which in reality means it will take 10. ), which will be wasted if I put it back to doing it's old job.

I have several 6910p's which are banged up enough to make repairing and reselling them a losing proposition financially, but functionally they should be sufficient for this project.

I would just put win 7 back on them, but I want to keep this legal and I have run out of COA's and don't want to spend any more money.

Anyway after doing a little bit of research I am leaning towards the newest release of BackTrack 5... I like the idea of the "tool packages" which are included with it.

Edit to add -
Quote:I believe very little RAM and HD space is necessary for what you want, like 1 gig of ram and 20 megs of HD space.
That RAM is not a problem. COOL, so theoretically I could run this off an SD drive. I already have a few unused 4GB SD cards.
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10-14-2013, 05:17 AM,
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I recently read about "Byzantium" linux.

http://linuxfreedom.com/byzantium/
and
http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Byzantium_Live_Distro

It sounds neat and I think it relates to this thread, but I don't understand very much about it.
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10-14-2013, 10:47 AM,
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(10-14-2013, 05:17 AM)phredo Wrote: I recently read about "Byzantium" linux.

http://linuxfreedom.com/byzantium/
and
http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Byzantium_Live_Distro

It sounds neat and I think it relates to this thread, but I don't understand very much about it.
Looks interesting. Thanks. Smile
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