emBSD is a stripped down version of OpenBSD. The concept for emBSD is a small foot print operating system for x86 (or other) hardware to use as little hard disk space as possible yet provide a fully functional Routing Firewall. The main driving force behind this concept is to not use a hard disk drive at all, but use off the shelf Compact Flash cards.
Ken Rice and Truman Boyes began to look at alternatives to the current state of firewalls. Generally, most firewalls employed are running on Unix or Windows NT systems with many unneeded components. These extra utilities, daemons, services, or libraries can potentially pose a security risk. emBSD is a very small system designed for specific purposes. The OpenBSD team works aggressively to audit each line of code in their system for security risks. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we use a stripped down base of their audited code. emBSD is not currently a server base OS. It is simply made to filter, control, and forward traffic within your organization. The kernel has been optimized specifically for handling large flows of traffic as well as providing extra interfaces for migrating to IPv6. An optimal emBSD system will not have moving disks inside to potentially fail. Solid-state disks are employed on the majority of our critical machines.
|Stable Release [March 28th, 2001]||
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