Fragadelic wrote:This is a must for folks that don't have a separate firewall and frankly I'm surprised Ubuntu doesn't include it to begin with.
Fragadelic wrote:A firewall is a must for any internet connected computer.
Fragadelic wrote:You would be incorrect since even X runs as a service with a network listener port.
That's why I suggested that a wizard should ask about this during installation. e.g. SUSE does this too.Fragadelic wrote:This would be for folks that don't have a hardware firewall of some sort.
Sorry, but that's FUD. If there is no service running that would respond to any connection requests, than a firewall is pretty much pointless. Servers which run some sort of network service (e.g. SAMBA, FTP, NFS, etc.) are a different story. But even then you most of the time don't need a full blown Firewall, stuff like having "denyhosts" running in the background or keeping your /etc/hosts.deny and /etc/hosts.allow up-to-date can already help a great deal.Fragadelic wrote:Not running a firewall of some sort on a directly connected PC on the internet is just asking for trouble regardless of what OS you are running.
I've done precisely that many many many times with my Laptop which runs Linux. And guess what: Besides a few desperate skript kiddies trying to login as "root" via SSH nothing happens. Because I am simply not running anything on my desktop that would need a Firewall.Fragadelic wrote:If you like, go ahead and directly connect your PC to the internet without a firewall and run a port scan on it. I wouldn't recommend doing this with a production PC though.
clem wrote:Hi Tony,
I had a look at firestarter and it looks quite good. It's too late to make its way into Bea but I'm noting it down on my list of ideas for Bianca
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