> Hi all,
> Just doing some early morning brainstorming, and my crazy thought of the 
> day is this:
> My life would be so much easier if I could just get rid of my stupid PIX 
> firewalls, and replace them what I know and love: FreeBSD. It's not that 
> the PIX's have been causing me problems or anything like that, it's just 
> that I believe in streamlining whenever possible, and since we've 
> already exterminated Microsoft in my server room for at least 3 years, 
> the only thing left that's not running FreeBSD are my appliances 
> (firewalls and switches) and 2 leftover legacy servers still running 
> Redhat that haven't been worth the effort to migrate to FreeBSD. I'm a 
> one-man shop, and I can survive using the PIX IOS when I have to, but 
> would just as soon use BSD if I could. Questions:
> 1) If I did this, I would probably only do it if I could figure out how 
> to rack up some diskless servers to my 2-post communications rack. Any 
> thoughts on hardware candidates, etc.?
> 2) If I did this, maybe it would be wiser to go with OpenBSD instead, 
> since it is known for security?
> 3) Any good tutorials on setting up a diskless servers for Free/OpenBSD?
> 4) Any other considerations?

Keep in mind that PC hardware does not make good switching/routing
hardware for high loads.  The way PCs are designed, you really can't
put more than 2 network cards in and expect any kind of performance.
If your PIX are serving simple gateway/firewall roles, then replacing
with *BSD on a PC is possible.  If they have many interfaces, you'll
find that the PC hardware just can't switch packets at line speed, no
matter what OS you put on it.

> 5) Am I just being stupid and should I just keep my PIX's going? I know, 
> I know, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

No.  Proactive is the way to go.  People who wait around for things to
break are always fixing broken things.

Bill Moran

If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special
level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk
at the theater.

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