Can anyone recommend a distribution (preferably minimal) to use as a secure linux installation? There is a wide variety available but I'm looking for personal recommendations. My requirements are primarily as a firewall but also to include webserver, ftp, etc capabilities. All opinions/responses are much appreciated.
The most secure Linux is the one with the fewest installed apps - and the most up-to-date security patches. Beyond that, there are two options I know of: standard linux and linux built with a security-hardened kernel (I forget the name of the project, but it keeps even root from doing a lot of stuff). As to specific distrubutions, I have no experience.
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Hi - the word 'security' can mean a lot of things ..... but my $.02 are: It is not distro dependent. Get a cutting (not bleeding) edge 2.4 kernel. Build it with appropriate options. Uninstall ipchains if present, and get current maintenance for iptables. Hand craft a firewall using iptables - lots of examples at linuxguruz.org.