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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 24. Advanced Router Options

Although Linux is generally considered a general-purpose OS, it's increasingly being used in various specialized applications, such as palmtop computers (http://www.agendacomputing.com, http://www.gmate.com/english/overview.htm, and others) and digital video recorders (http://www.tivo.com). Some of these specialized applications use specialized hardware. One that does not (or at least need not) is using Linux as a router OS. Routers are unglamorous devices that aren't much in the public eye, but they serve the vital function of linking together the computers that form the Internet. Routers range from small and simple devices sold to individuals and small businesses that tie a handful of computers to the Internet ...

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