It is my understanding that the main difference between a network hub and a network switch is that the hub always sends out all packets to all (other?) hosts while the switch is smart about it and keeps track of which port belongs to which MAC address via ARP tables and whatnot. If a packet is addressed to a host which is connected to the switch but have never sent or received anything, the switch acts like a hub would. But every subsequent packet addressed to that host is not broadcast to the other hosts but forwarded only to that specific host. Please correct me if I got something wrong.
Does a network bridge in Linux act like a hub would, or like a switch?