[WBEL-users] Recommendation for BIND only distro?

Bob Ramstad rramstad at gmail.com
Wed May 25 11:09:59 CDT 2005

I'm sure some of the other good sysadmin type folks here have run into this...

We have a need to bring up a very very limited role server for taking
care of external DNS requests.  This will be the only public service
at our location.

My initial thought was to do a WBEL3 minimal install, then add BIND,
and go from there.  (When all you have is a hammer, everything looks
like a nail...)

It then occurred to me that it would be more secure to build the
machine in a way that it could be totally burned down, hacked, and
whatnot with the only downside being loss of the service.

It then occurred to me that there have to be some distros out there
that are meant for this kind of purpose, and sure enough, there's an
embarassment of riches out there... hard to choose one.

Anyone care to offer an opinion as to which approach makes more sense
to them (WBEL3 minimal install OR dedicated router / firewall / BIND
type distro) and if the latter, recommend one of the many distros out

Anyone out there running a Linux box from read only media, like
CD-ROM, for firewall / routing / BIND?

-- Bob

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