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Hi, can you share a few suggestions to configure a decent web proxy running linux? I am frequently in China and other places with filtered internet access, so I'd like to connect to my linux server via putty, and browse the web freely.

I have ordered a linux VPS that runs CentOS. the VPS has 128MB of memory only. its sole purpose is to be used as a proxy for my personal use.

Is there anything I can do on the server side that will make the VPS perform better? I had heard that squid was the best linux proxy, is this true? Is there a basic "howto" for people without linux experience? should I change the O/S to Ubuntu or is CentOS ok for my purposes?

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I think the most simple way is just using a VPN to your system at home and use the remote gateway (still the default setting in Windows pptp VPN),you can also use pptp or openVPN under Linux.
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The VPN option would work, but there appears to be better options to increase performance using Squid, or even Apache as a proxy server.  Apache has a module that allows it to act as a proxy, and another module that allows for caching.  Squid has a caching feature also.  This helps to speed up your performance by storing information from frequently visited sites for quicker retrieval.

I haven't had experience with CentOS, but Ubuntu and Fedora are pretty simple to install configure and maintain.  Plus they both have pretty decent online documentation.



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thanks stpmt11, as I am not familiar with linux, are there any guides you could point me to for setting up either apache or squid to act as a proxy?

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