View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] re firewalls/firestarter
December 2nd, 2008, 01:17 PM
this relates to a recent solved query about firestarter. i am using ubuntu 8:10. this has both iptables and ufw as installed items listed in the repository. am i right in believing that ufw is the firewall and iptables is a list of ip data that ufw uses and that they do not conflict. i am also using firestarter, should i now use gufw as the gui instead or doesn't it matter that much. i just want to use an effective firewall. thanks everybody.
ps no great hurry on this one, i am going out for a while so...
December 2nd, 2008, 01:25 PM
The firewall is iptables.
Ufw is a tool for making configuring iptables easier, but it's really intended for servers and hence is CLI-only. Gufw is a GUI that was made for ufw.
Firestarter, effectively, does pretty much the same as Gufw (ie: makes changes to iptables)
It's really down to personal preference between Gufw and Firestarter. On a desktop system, you shouldn't need to change the default firewall settings anyway, so unless you need to do something specific you don't need either of them.
December 2nd, 2008, 01:32 PM
iptables is the linux firewall. UFW is a frontend to iptables to make configuration easier, and firestarter is a graphical frontend.
December 2nd, 2008, 01:33 PM
okay thanks, so i don't need to actually do anything with any of them then? i can just leave it all alone and the firewall will start when i boot up? sorry if you have already answered, but i just want to make sure i have got it hammered hrough my skull. thanks again
December 2nd, 2008, 01:36 PM
Yes, unless their is a specific reason that you need to edit your iptables configuration, you can leave it alone and it will do its job. And yes, it starts at boot.
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