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    [SOLVED] fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    i have installed arch with gnome/fluxbox

    i have even themed it all up and everything is looking great

    but there are some concerns i have considering that i have never done a base install of any distros before

    1. what should i do for a firewall, if anything?

    i mean what do i need to do to make my arch install as secure as a fresh ubuntu install (or better)

    2. how do i get my sound to work like ubuntu does?
    (or better yet can i make it work like elive does, because elive works perfectly for games where ubuntu doesnt)

    right now when i try to open the volume manager it says "no gstreamer volume control plugins and/or devices found"

    obviousl, i have no clue what i am doing when it comes to sound

    3. is there anything else that i need to do that i might be forgetting?



    up untill now i have been following the arch wikki (and its awesome) but now i have no idea where to look because i have no idea what i am looking for

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    Quote Originally Posted by tjwoosta View Post

    2. how do i get my sound to work like ubuntu does?
    (or better yet can i make it work like elive does, because elive works perfectly for games where ubuntu doesnt)

    right now when i try to open the volume manager it says "no gstreamer volume control plugins and/or devices found"

    obviousl, i have no clue what i am doing when it comes to sound
    did you add your user to the audio group?
    list the groups:
    Code:
    id

    add your user to the group, as root:
    Code:
    usermod -aG audio username
    (log out and log back in for the changes to take effect)

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    wow, ok i feel stupid now

    i had like every group except audio

    but thank you it worked perfectly



    how about the firewall?

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    I'd say that you don't really need a firewall if you are behind a router. Are you? Also, I think the built in ip-tables kernel based firewall is configured already.
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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    i am behind a my router right now when im home, but i am usually not on my home network

    this is a laptop


    i also thought that iptables was part of the kernel untill i found these two wiki pages

    http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Firewalls

    http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...firewall_HOWTO

    i searched pacman and found that iptabes is actually not installed yet

    so now i see that iptables is not installed or configured by default

    do you guys think this "simple stateful firewall" setup will be comparable to the defualt ubuntu iptables config?

    does anybody know of any better way to configure iptables for laptop use?
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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    Last edited by crimesaucer; December 17th, 2008 at 11:04 PM.

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    To my knowledge, Ubuntu iptables isn't configured at all by default.

    As crimesaucer has pointed out, install Firestarter and you'll be well on your way.

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    Quote Originally Posted by will1911a1 View Post
    To my knowledge, Ubuntu iptables isn't configured at all by default.

    As crimesaucer has pointed out, install Firestarter and you'll be well on your way.
    To get the iptables to work you would have to follow this part of the Firewall wiki for iptables: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Firewalls#iptables

    Firestarter is much easier to configure and use.

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    ok i ended up just going for it and im glad i did


    i followed this guide word for word (it is much clearer and more in depth then the other posted firewall wikis)
    http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...firewall_HOWTO

    it works beautifully

    and i feel so much more secure now...


    To my knowledge, Ubuntu iptables isn't configured at all by default.

    As crimesaucer has pointed out, install Firestarter and you'll be well on your way.
    what! really?

    back when i had ubuntu installed i was told that it was already configured and i didnt need to worry about it

    those bastards...

    anyway i have now learned the art of iptables, thanks to the arch wiki, and i dont think i will have to ever worry about it again


    thanks all for your help

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    Re: fresh arch gnome/fluxbox install, what else do i need?

    Quote Originally Posted by tjwoosta View Post
    what! really?

    back when i had ubuntu installed i was told that it was already configured and i didnt need to worry about it
    Yes, really. That's because there are no listening services by default on Ubuntu, so a firewall is useless anyway - same on Arch. So, the firewall will happily sit around and do nothing unless you install some form of server.
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