First I decided to buy an APU2 board from PC Engines. Although the APU first generation I had got fried quickly, their new version had the thermal issues the first generation had addressed according to the website.
When it arrived earlier this week, I still had to decide wether to run Linux or a BSD variant on top. After some quick research I stumbled upon two FreeBSD based products that both seemed a good fit : pfSense and OPNsense. I soon discovered that OPNsense is actually maintained by some guys from my village. So OPNsense it was.
It also has ‘cloud’ / virtualisation options, so I’m sure I will try that sooner or later.
BTW: For my serial line needs on MacOS I stumbled upon ‘Serial‘. Just evaluating, but it is rather nice. I just might pay the thirty euro for it