Friday, November 21, 2003

Check Point Secure Platform

Well, out RHL migration is going well and one of the surprise successes has been installing Check Point Secure Platform. This is a stripped-down recompiled and hardened Red Hat (I think) OS designed specifically for running Check Point products on. It installs in under 10 minutes (including configuring by our Network & Security Administrator) and rocks. Try it if you're a Check Point site - it's pretty fantastic.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Fedora Core 1 and RHEL ES 3

Ugraded both of my home machines to Fedora Core without a hitch. Nice, real nice.

Also installed our first two RHEL ES 3 boxen at work. Slick. OK it would really, really have been nice for Red Hat to have offered an upgrade path from RHL 7.x to RHEL 3, but the lazy bastards didn't do so. C'est la vie.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Fedora Core 1

Red Hat have released Fedora Core 1 which, lets face it, is a really sh*t name but one I guess we're stuck with.

So what's it like? Pretty tasty. OK, so I spoiled my surprise by using the betas, but I am impressed. Seriously. This is one nicely polished desktop operating environment. This is as good as Ximian Desktop 2 and far superior to XP.

Another thing: no longer will I have users complaining that we've run out of RHN licences thanks to the yum and apt support in up2date. Nice one Red Hat, nice one.

Side note: the Fedora Core 1 (Yarrow) CDs burned fine under Nero5, but RHEL ES 3 CDs fail big time. Weird.

Originally puiblished on 15:56 Monday 10 November 2003

Checkpoint training

Long time no write.

So the week before last I went on a "Check Point FW 1 NG FP4 with Application Intelligence" (catchy name guys!) training course (Management II). This was the first time I've ever been on a formal technical training course, and my opinion is mixed.

The instructor seemed to spend the same amount of time explaining the bleeding obvious as she did explaining/glossing over more advanced concepts. While she certainly knew her stuff, if asked a question that was just outside of the sylabus then she just didn't know.

I assume she had some practical experience, but probably only in several fixed scenarios. The real world was not allowed to be mixed dangerously with static knowledge set.

On another note, how long will it be before an open source firewall has a GUI as usable as FW1's? When that happens (2-5 years?) then I think we'll see Check Point start to go the way of proprietary UNIXen.

Originally published on 14:34 Monday 10 November 2003