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Re: Kernel FW



On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 04:20:40PM +0100, Ruprecht Jaeschke wrote:
: I would like to know if there is a specific reason why in the precompiled
: kernels the Firewalling Support is not enabled? I think it doesn't cost much
: time to do so cause there are surely lots of ppl who like to use a firewall
: without compiling the kernel new.

I don't maintain the kernel-image packages (or any packages for that
matter :), but I would guess that firewalling features are just too hard to
predict.  I'm willing to bet that many people who want firewalling also want
masquerading; to do that you need "Optimise as Router not Host".  This clearly
isn't a win for the average case.

I do see that it's hard for many users to compile the kernel; the sources are
huge, compilation takes time, and it's hard to know exactly what you need.

I still have a dream of a kernel build daemon somewhere that lets you know when
your new kernel is done and ready for download :) 

Cheers,

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Nathan Norman
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