So we finally decided that it was time to replace the computer we are using as gateway/firewall/dhcp server etc. (Nowadays, most people have some of this functionality built into their wireless routers or something, but I like having finer control over the firewall settings and I like the computers to be on a real functional LAN. If you aren't used to working with headless servers where the computer running the code has nothing to do with the screen showing the interface, you probably wouldn't miss it.) The computer to be replaced was purchased with Windows 95 on it, which should give you a hint. It is currently running Red Hat Linux 9, which is the last Red Hat release to have a boot floppy. This computer is too old to boot from CD, so upgrading got too difficult to bother. The final straw was sitting, sitting, sitting waiting for it to pump bits out the 10baseT network port.
( So what did we get? Click here... )