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    Which Linux distro shall I use for Squid?

    Hi guys.

    I'm on a mission to set up a Squid box. Been told that it would be better than our rubbish Equiinet Cachepilot. But I'm not sure which Linux I should use. Any ideas?

    Also does Squid, when authenticating with Active Directory, create log files with the users username included? Trying to kill the user input of user credentials when using LDAP on the Cachepilot. Plus Cachepilot hates WSUS.

    Any help would be grand.

    Ta very much

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    I use Ubuntu LTS on all my Linux machines. 8.04.1 is the current release.

    You will need to configure Squid with NTLM authentication (Which will also require Samba and Winbind to function). This is a fairly common configuration. There's plenty of information on these forums and the rest of the net on how to do it

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    I think your going soft on us using Ubuntu Geoff

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    I usually use it, but had to switch to something else for a upnp server as it's somewhat broken in ubuntu.

    I used gentoo instead.

    A tip, DON'T use gentoo. Compiling 260 packages and dependancies takes forever.

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    Always used gentoo myself for servers, never really considered ubuntu,

    Seems wikipedia like ubuntu

    Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cragzman View Post
    I'm on a mission to set up a Squid box. Been told that it would be better than our rubbish Equiinet Cachepilot. But I'm not sure which Linux I should use. Any ideas?
    We use Ubuntu. If you need to recompile Squid (which we needed to to make it support transparent proxying) don't forget that Ubuntu doesn't come with compilers and so on installed by default, but you just need to install the build-essential package and everything should be fine.

    --
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    I have very very little experience using linux. I installed Edubuntu and followed
    the directions in this wiki for installing squid. It was a piece of cake.
    There are directions for using Dansguarding filter also, but I chose not to install
    that application.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EdubuntuProxy

    Good luck with your decision.
    -Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    I think your going soft on us using Ubuntu Geoff
    Soft? No. Lazy? Yes.

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    +1 for Ubuntu. All our linux servers are now standardised on Ubuntu with the exception of IPCop and soon OpenFiler.

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    Depends on what hardware you are looking at using.

    I would run it on Ubuntu if you are Linux happy. Personally I run it on Solaris. Goes like the proverbial brown stuff off a teflon stick.

    Solaris is a bit bit less hardware friendly though. Need to choose it carefully.

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    Ubuntu / Debian

    There are binaries for
    Windows
    Fedora
    Debian
    FreeBSD
    NetBSD
    RHEL
    Solaris

    Just choose the one you have the most experience of, if you are not sure choose ubuntu, trust me
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    Thanks for the help guys. I decided to go for Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server as it seemed to be the popular choice. Also our intranet server uses it. Been solid as a rock.

    Think I have installed Squid, Samba, and Winbind. Just now to configure it. Eeeek!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cragzman View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. I decided to go for Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server as it seemed to be the popular choice. Also our intranet server uses it. Been solid as a rock.

    Think I have installed Squid, Samba, and Winbind. Just now to configure it. Eeeek!
    Don't forget the MIT Kerberos packages, recommended, krb5-config and krb5-user which adds the helper programs, (kinit, klist etc)

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    I have managed to set up Squid with NTLM Authentication. WOOO!

    Just a few more bits and pieces that need sorting.

    1. Is there a thing for squid that can log domain usernames in the access.log?

    2. Is there a time converter thingy for the log so I can make sense of it?

    3. Can I make multiple user groups (for example: staff, students) and have seperate URL blacklists for each?

    Thanks again peeps


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    1. I use ident. I think there is a way to get the names from AD.

    2. There are applications to produce human-readable reports from the squid logs. SARG & Calamaris are probably the most popular. There is also an application called Squidview (in the Ubuntu repositories) that displays the access log in real-time and formats it in a more readable way.

    3. Yes. Which filter are you using? SquidGuard or Dan's Guardian?

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