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Hi,

1. Which linux distro is filled with web support (paid/unpaid) and is the easiest to build from scratch?
-plug in the cd select auto generate partitions and etc.

It will be used for internet caching (squid) and gateway for users to connect to the internet.
design:
firewall-linux-users

2. Is there a reporting software that can generate how many hour this IP surf the net, which site, etc. ?

3. Is there a software to block sites with this IP's, setting access list on who can browse the web?

Thanks.

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EdwardPeter
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ben-gurCommented:
Hello EdwardPeter,

1) The "which distro" question is quite hard... I believe that the free Fedora (http://www.redhat.com/fedora/), or the paid RedHat (http://www.redhat.com/software/rhel/) are the easiest to install, and are well documented. I have several servers that are running intensive applications, and ALL of them run flawlessly, for months now..

2) If you plan to use squid, I suggest that you'll use a squid log analyzer such as http://squidalyser.sourceforge.net/. You can find more here: http://www.squid-cache.org/Scripts/

3) If you wish to block a specific IP from surfing, I would suggest using a simple firewall, and block the outgoing traffic from that IP.
If you wish to block a specific IP so your users will not be able to get to it (such as blocking porn sites) you can do it on the squid it self.

In addition, please check out the following howto regarding firewall and proxy:
http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Firewall-HOWTO.html

If this doesn't answer your questions to your satisfactory, please provide more info on your network and design..

Good luck,
Adam.
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apsivamCommented:
If you want website blocking I suggest you to choose squid + dansguardian + ClamAV it  provides you excellent control over your internet access. Squid provieds caching + dansguardian provides content filtering and antivirus solution if with the help of ClamAV.

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Cheers,
Sivam
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EdwardPeterAuthor Commented:
apsivam,

can dansguardian block p2p downloading, IM, and etc per IP.

Thanks.
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apsivamCommented:
even squid alone can do this.
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