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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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NanoBSD: Building Your Own Appliances

News flash: Computers are expensive.

Many people dedicate a computer to a single purpose, such as a firewall/NAT device. It's quite true that a high-end 486 running FreeBSD is perfectly capable of handling network connectivity in a small office, but computers have costs beyond the base hardware. These systems are bulky, use a lot of power for the job they do, and frequently, their ancient hard drives are staggering on the verge of death. If you're in a business environment, your manager does not want to hear, "You know that old desktop that was so slow you wouldn't let the receptionist endure it any longer? I put it back into service as the web server." FreeBSD lets you cluster fairly easily, but there's a ...

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