Re: Firewall, CLI, Firestarter
20 GiB of disk space for / is much more appropriate if you're going to be downloading lots of software. 10 GiB is fine, but 20 is almost limitless.
Originally Posted by lotusalive
If this is a home computer, you don't need to install the most powerful firewall configurators around. Just install Gufw, tell it to block everything incoming, and forget about it until you need to let ports in.
If you already have a firewall in your ADSL/cable router then you don't even need to configure your IPtables firewall - your whole network will already be protected by the router.
Also, I tend not to recommend Firestarter - it's a little confusing, and the log viewer alarms a lot of people ("Oh my god, hackers are trying to connect to my computer, I can see it happening in Firestarter, what do I do?"). Whenever Firestarter is installed and not turned on, I seem to have problems with incoming ports not being accessible, and those problems don't go away by merely removing Firestarter as all FS does is create IPtables rules.
If you have complex security requirements, then I'm sure Firestarter is good and handy; but for personal use you can't go past Gufw.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.