|Free Software at Schools: Installing and Maintaining a Skolelinux/Debian-edu Network; Based on Debian Sarge, prerelease pr05|
The latest and final version of Coyote Linux is 2.24
The Coyote Linux Floppy Firewall Development has been discontinued, see Coyote Linux Floppy Firewall Development Discontinued
Note that it is the _floppy_ version of Coyote Linux that is discontinued, there will be a replacement based on installation to harddrive available instead.
A short summary on things you need to create a Coyote Linux firewall/router for Skolelinux/Debian-edu.
Just about any old computer, anything from Pentium 133MHz. CPU and upward, with 16MB of RAM or more, no need for a hard drive or CD-ROM
Two network cards, they can be type ISA or PCI. A mix is possible, 10Mbit or 100Mbit, support for 1Gbit should be available. Any type of network card supported by the Linux kernel is usable, but since there is no automatic detection of what kind of network card you are using, you must specify yourself when creating the Coyote Linux-floppy which drivers your network card uses. This means that it might be a bit troublesome to use no-name network cards. Personally, I prefer to use network cards from the manufacturer 3Com, as almost all PCI network cards from them use the module 3c59x.
Short List of Network cards I use with Success in my Coyote Linux Machines, and Their Corresponding Driver Modules:
Intel Ethernet Pro 100 Module:eepro100
RTL8139 Module:8139cp or 8139too
2 diskettes, preferably new and unused
1 crossover network cable to connect Coyote Linux via the LAN-network card to the Skolelinux/Debian-edu eth0 network card
A machine with a floppy drive and an Internet connection, to download Coyote Linux; this can either be a Linux machine or a Windows machine, Coyote Linux. Source files exist for Linux and Windows- both produce a workable Coyote Linux floppy.
The procedure for making this Coyote Linux floppy is similar on Linux and Windows, except that it's a command line script in Linux and a click&point thing in Windows.
Download a copy of Coyote Linux, from coyotelinux.com, look in the section Downloads, then look in Coyote Linux - Floppy Firewall
What you are looking for exists in mainly two versions, one for Linux,( Linux Floppy Creator Scripts),and the other one for Windows, ( Coyote Linux Windows Disk Creator). Choose the one that suits you best- the resulting floppy will be the same.
The hardware specifications listed here are based on my own experience; yours may vary.
These are the hardware requirements for Coyote Linux version 2.24.
22.7.2004: Support for machines without a math co-processor was removed with version 2.11
This assumes a small Skolelinux/Debian-edu network with only one machine on the 10.0.2/23-backbone network. For bigger installations, this crossover cable is replaced with a straight cable connected to a switch. Refer to network map at FIXME the sidebar To-do
The reference to 10.0.2.0/23 indicates a subnet mask format that you may not be familiar with, I will use this notation throughout this document, as it is easier, and in my opinion more practical. I will in section the sidebar To-do discuss this subnet mask format.