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List of router or firewall distributions

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by lotuseclat79, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Thread Starter

    Sep 12, 2003
    List of router or firewall distributions.

    This is a list of operating system distributions designed for use as the operating system of a machine acting as a router and/or firewall.

    Hmmm, I don't see my router's firewall, Busybox - i.e. "The Swiss Army Knife of Embedded Linux"

    -- Tom
  2. liquid_vision


    Apr 17, 2010
    BusyBox is not an operating system itself, but a shell which incorporates a myriad of Linux utilities which would normally exist as seperate programs within either the /bin or /usr/bin folders on a Linux system.

    It is designed for use on small systems where space is at a premium, hence its inclusion in firewall distributions.

    It has fewer options available to the end user than an installed system, but takes up considerably less space, and options can be added/removed when compiling, which makes it less usable for regular users, but ideal where the system is designed to run with a predefined, specialised set of tools.

    Many routers use it as a shell for configuration as a full posix toolset is not normally required (Thompson/BT home hub, some netgear routers etc.)
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