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Hello family,

Need help with a few things. Linux Nub here.

Need - version that can run the following & instruction on finding/installing the following

1) Lightest version of linux
2) NIPS software
3) SSL encrypt/decrypt
4) install airvpn
5) Packet capture/analyzer
6) Firewall
7) network setup???

so basically and running VM on local crapHost. So i need lightest linux because crapHost is already slow as is.

Routing traffic according to CompTIA standards. So

Internet -> Host -> VMlinux -> Firewall -> SLLencrypt -> SSLdecrypt -> NIPS -> PacketCapSoftware ->DMZ - My VM/Network

So will need to know how to install all of these on linux because i am nubb. Also need to know how to setup network for internet last time i tried well i couldnt figure it out. I dont know all the codes so plz i am baby hold my hand.

i am running windows on localhost. I cant help but think it would be better to boot straight to virtual environment or flash host with linux. But I am scared. I am fairly good with computer and good at following directions. So lmk what you would do!

Host is Lenevo 4GB RAM i3 1TB HDD blah blah blah.

Thank you fam!!!


Well-Known Member
In general, life is easier when you don't introduce complexities.

If you absolutely need both Windows and Linux, then dual boot, if you must. If you want to virtualize Linux on a Windows host OS, then do that, but unless you're running some enterprise system, you're just adding an unnecessary level of complexity - and failure.

Linux does networking natively.


New Member
Best option in my opinion is FreeBSD. Learning curve from Linux is very low.

To use it as a routing/gateway refer to:

It is good for your needs:
  1. Lightest version of linux => not linux but low learning curve
  2. NIPS software =>
  3. SSL encrypt/decrypt => not sure what you mean, but can probably be done
  4. Install airvpn =>
  5. Packet capture/analyzer => tcpdump is available
  6. Firewall =>
  7. Network setup =>

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