Linux as a Firewall/Router

Hello to everyone. First of all lemme tell that I'm a newbie to Linux. I have a small home network with 2 computers, ( XP-pro and W98-SE ) and I use XP machine to dial-up to the internet.
I am thinking about getting DSL or cable access soon and wanna build a Linux box ( I can find an old 486 or a P3 for this ) to be a Firewall/Router between the DSL/cable modem and my home network - This way I think I cannot be a target for the hackers !!!

As I said before I need all the help I can get to build this Linux box from you guys/gals , any URLs..etc.
I thank you all again...
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  1. When I built my OpenBSD firewall, I used the book "Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls" by Wes Sonnenreich and Tom Yates.
    It was very helpful.

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  2. If all you want is a firewall, I'd suggest something like <A HREF="" target="_new">Smoothwall</A> or <A HREF="" target="_new">Astaro</A>. Another option could be <A HREF="" target="_new">Mandrake SNF</A>

    You can certainly enable a general purpose distro like RedHat or Mandrake or whatever to act as a firewall, but life gets much easier if you use a distro already tailored to that role.

    Something to bear in mind is that you can never be 100% "safe" from hackers. You can only minimise the chance of getting hacked - it's really just risk management.

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