Hardware gone bad

I spent a couple of days rebuilding my firewall. Normally, the evolution would have been complete in just a couple of hours, but you must realize that I have been running my < href="http://smoothwall.org">Smoothie since 2000. Hence, the case and power supply were both an outdated AT form factor. The obvious challenge would be to find a replacement power supply. No such luck. In this area, there simply aren't that many privately owned computer parts supply stores. In NY and NJ area they are quite plentiful. So, I actually went to Worst Buy and grabbed a Linksys router. Took it home and then decided to set it up. Low and behold it, you put it on the network and it is not recognized due to 192.168.1.x octet, whereis my LAN is on the 192.168.0.x subnet.

I decided that it was too much trouble to configure the silly router, I returned it. I simply bought an ATX case and power supply. Smoothie is up and I hope to run it for another 7 yrs. Though Linksys routers run embedded Linux kernel, I still prefer the smoothie, as it is very configurable. Besides, you can always re-deploy a case and power supply for another server. You cannot very easily re-purpose a Linksys router without a some hacking.

It is worth noting that when you decide to run Linux on any piece of hardware, it is likely that the software will outlast your hardware. In the M$, cycleplan the contrary is true. You will likely be forced to run out and purchase new hardware on a three year cycle. One last nicety that Linux affords you. I have found that it is quite easy to swap out hardware between machines, without reloading drivers or any other weird catastrophic failures. For instance, if you discover a failed motherboard on another machine, you simply remove the hard drive and install it into another box. No need to worry about installing drivers or looking for silly software license keys.

This is feat is virtually impossible on a windows box, as drivers and all sorts of user space applications write directly to the registry. Which basically prevents flexibility and portability in a pinch.

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