View Full Version : [ubuntu] FireStarter: New Bee : Not able to Start it

September 20th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Hello all,
Hi I am new to Ubuntu. I switched few weeks back from xp. I am connected to internet via wireless lan. I tried to install the firestarter and configure it to secure my laptop. But unfortunatelly it is not running. Please find the snapshot of the error it is prompting.

September 20th, 2008, 09:30 AM
That error is due to there not being an active connection. Firestarter can only make the rules of the firewall active when it finds an active connection.

Make sure you have checked "start on dial out" and that the correct network interface is selected. Then connect to your network and the firewall should automatically start.

Also consider trying Gufw (http://gufw.tuxfamily.org/index.html): firestarter is no longer being developed and Gufw looks very promising.

September 20th, 2008, 10:09 AM
Are you sure you need to alter the default firewall? What do you want to achieve with the modified firewall?

September 20th, 2008, 10:18 AM
Gufw firewall is a lot easier to configure http://www.getdeb.net/ http://gufw.tuxfamily.org/

September 20th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Yes firestarter wont create rules for ethernet devices it cant see.

As far as firewall frontends go, I find that gufw is a poor substitute to firestarter.
it also doesnt have a way to enable simple internet sharing.