I'm about to get adsl installed in my flat - shared with 6 mates. We all have computers and wish to use the adsl at the same time. I am getting a static ip, so ideally i would like to setup up a software firewall on a linux box i have just built - with redhat 6. (i.e. i want linux server to connect to adsl then other 7 computers in house to connect to it via a hub - all windows machines mostly xp).
My problem is this. Can i get a pci adsl modem that works reliably with linux (my motherboard in the box doesn't support usb)?
Should i swap to a combined router/adsl modem option and plug that directly into the hub?
Am i going to have problems with redhat 6 and compatiblity?
Is there a guide for setting up linux to act as my server somewhere about - i am a newbie when it comes to that.
Is it worth the extra hassle of setting up a linux box when the only advantage i can see is security? Would xp's/me/98s own security be enough...