How do I set up a firewall with minimal disk access?

paul van den bergen pvandenbergen at
Wed Nov 19 16:24:05 PST 2003

On Thu, 20 Nov 2003 08:43 am, Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 03:04:54PM -0600, Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. 
> : Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
> : >Hi all,
> : >
> : >I'm hoping to use an old laptop for a dialup firewall.  I'd like to
> : > leave it
> : >always on as part of the network, but I don't want it to have the HD
> : >running
> : >all the time.  If possible, I'd like it to work almost completely
> : > without the drive.
> : >
> : >How could I do this?
> : >
> : >NOTE: Please CC me, as I am not currently subscribed.  Thanks.
> : >
> : >jm
> :
> : #man picobsd
> Exactly what I needed!  Thanks!

You can also get CF and similar solid stat memory chips to IDE connection 
adaptors for around AU$30...  so you could have the boot image etc. on a disk 
with no moving parts...  also USB minidisk stuff too... quieter, no moving 

for use in conjunction with picobsd, etc....

Dr Paul van den Bergen
Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures
pvandenbergen at
"And some run up hill and down dale, knapping the chucky stones 
to pieces wi' hammers, like so many road makers run daft. 
They say it is to see how the world was made."
Sir Walter Scott, St. Ronan's Well 1824 

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