guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

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guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby kuruka on Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:38 pm

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may I use the guarddog firewall for linux mint 4.0 daryna? I know the guarddog firewall is a kde software. which firewall for beginner is the most recommended to by using linux mint 4.0 daryna gnome edition? because I am used to use guarddog for a long while when I used another distro with kde. I don't like firerstarter very much and I don't fit well with it. Is there any conflict with linux mint 4.0 daryna with it? I'd appreciate your useful hints.god bless you! best regards.

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Re: guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby cisforcojo on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:29 am

I've never used guarddog (been about 5 years since I've used KDE) but firestarter is pretty good. You're going to need to patch it though.
It tends to crash frequently but the patch is a pretty easy fix. It'll probably be included in their next update.
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Re: guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby MagnusB on Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:06 pm

It doesn't really matter, both are just configuration tools for iptables, neither are a firewall....
Softpedia.com wrote:Guarddog is a firewall configuration utility for Linux systems

Softpedia.com wrote:Firestarter is a firewall tool for Linux, and uses GNOME. You can use the wizard to create a basic firewall, then streamline it further using the dynamic rules.

Iptables are installed per default on most distros, these utilities just make configuring them a bit easier (though the terminal could give you a better setup if you want to go through it)
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Re: guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby sundayrefugee on Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:27 am

I'd recommend Guard Dog. Firestarter's iptable config is only in place while the program is running, and you must do some "tweaking" to get it running without having to enter a password at system boot. Guard Dog is a set-and-forget "firewall", but on the other hand it requires more knowledge of what you need to let in and out, and isn't as "beginner-freindly" as Firestarter. However, you only have to run and configure Guard Dog once, and not run it again unless you need to change your iptable rules.

So, it's a toss-up, depending on your level of expertise and needs. I tend to recommend Guard Dog simply because it doesn't have to be ran constantly. Your needs may vary ;)
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Re: guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby Fred on Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:59 am

kuruka,

I believe you said your were familiar with and liked Guarddog. And your question was can you use it on Mint 4 daryna.

The answer to your question is, yes you can. Install it from synaptic. It will probably pull in some other stuff, (dependencies), along with it but that shouldn't be a problem.

Like MagnusB said, neither Guarddog nor Firestarter are firewalls. They are just configuration utility GUI's. The firewall is already there, it is iptables.

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Re: guarddog or firestarter for linux mint 4.0 daryna ?

Postby MagnusB on Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:52 am

I just did a
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sudo aptitude install guarddog

(like aptitude over apt-get, gives better control over dependencies) and saw that Guard Dog needs:
gawk kdelibs-data kdelibs4c2a libakode2 libarts1-akode libarts1c2a
libavahi-qt3-1 liblua50 liblualib50 libopenexr2c2a libsamplerate0
perl-suid

Would use 60 MB more space when unpacked, while Firestarter needs only needs 1 package (firestarter_1.0.3-6ubuntu1_i386.deb). If you use GNOME I recommend Firestarter, KDE Guard Dog, both are pretty easy to configure anyway. I did not think about this earlier, but there is the difference: Firestarter is a GNOME app, Guard Dog is a KDE app...
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