Re: Squid Disinformation

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 23:24:16 +0200

Stewart Forster wrote:

> All it's saying is that Squid doesn't have transparancy (which it
> doesn't as a base system, some OS mods or extra software is required
> to get it to me transparant), and that other freeware "is not dynamic,
> scalable or offer the performance".

Yes, it is true that Squid needs additional software to operate. Squid
is not a completely self-contained product as it requires a OS and all
the tools you need to manage that OS.

Transparency support does require additional software, but it is
standard freeware which is often included in freeware OS:es..

Wee all know that Squid is
* good performance
* scalable
* dynamic (1)

Squid does support transparecy, provided that the platform you use to
run Squid is capable of hosting transparent proxies (Linux is a good
example). If transparent proxy support is not available on the platform,
then ipfilter (another standard freeware) can be used to add that
capability to many platforms.

Note 1: Squid is dynamic in the sense that it detects when a configured
peering cache is dead and when it comes alive again. There is some
ongoing thoughts on how to improve the dynamic features of Squid to ease
scaling and maintaince.

Henrik Nordström
Sparetime Squid Hacker
Received on Thu Apr 30 1998 - 14:55:44 MDT

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