18 Oct 2000 jfs   » (Journeyer)

I've been to a Newlink group of conferences, and product presentations... nice to see that many are going to the appliances market (easy to install, configure, hardware boxes) and that some of them work with Linux. Even though the guy said it run on Linux 2.0 and didn't know what to answer when I asked: is it based on any distribution or is it home-brewed? (BTW, it was Watchguard's Firebox.. small and red).

Nice to see too that Checkpoint has more throughput on Linux even if the guy from Nokia insisted that it was better with their own propietary OS. They put Linux (Redhat 6.1) the last of the table, Nokia the fist, NT, Sun in between, but Linux gave the best througput of the lot. Anyway, I don't like comparatives that are done on different OS and different hardware.

The technical guy at from Aladdin, when talking about etoken (using bus cards for authentication) said they had developed PAMs for Linux and Solaris, as well as 2000, NT et al... although in their web page there is no mention of Linux systems... oh well.. I am checking with proyects are there for USB cards, it seems that linux-usb.org might be worth checking as well as linuxnet.com.

And after doing it I've found here that Aladdin's etoken is not supported (yet). I might be thinking on downloading the SDK and do it myself but there's already someone working on one.. so we'll see...

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