ClosedBSD is a firewall and network address translation utility which boots off of a single floppy disk or CD-Rom, and requires no hard drive. ClosedBSD is based off of the FreeBSD kernel, and uses ipfw as its native ruleset management system, and natd as it’s network address translation utility. The CD-Rom version has full DHCP client support. The floppy version (1.0B) is still without it for now.
ClosedBSD 1.0 RC-1 Released
2002-04-26 FreeBSD 4 Comments
If only this worked with PPPoE … then I could it use with ADSL.
Yeah… I only booted into it quickly and was not sure whether I was too st00pid to figure out where to type in my connection details… But if I understand correctly, I still need a second machine to connect to the internet via DSL first..?
I recently tried CloseBSD after my headless SPARC IPX firewall cold rebooted and needed to be manually fsck’d. I wish it had DHCP support in the floppy distro, other than that, its a very nice and compact package. Better than most of those modular packages that are based on Linux IMO. Hope they release it soon, I would like to make good use of the old Pentium 100 I have, which is just gathering dust right now.
I’ve been anxiously waiting for a more feature-filled version of ClosedBSD to be released…hearing that it was released on CD-ROM was interesting as they could fit more goodies on there. However I would think that most boxes that would be used as routers wouldn’t have a bootable CD-ROM drive/BIOS…I know that my P100 router doesn’t have the ability to boot from CD-ROM. The FAQ recommends that if you can’t boot from CD…use the floppy version.
A ClosedBSD boot floppy for the CD-ROM version would be nice for all of those people who are using older boxes (where BIOS flashes didn’t help) as routers. As it is I’m going to try to hodge-podge my own makeshift boot floppy together…but an off the shelf boot floppy would be cool.
Keep up the good work