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Re: [slightly OT]: GUI firewall applications in Linux

On 28-nov-2005, at 19:02, H.S. wrote:


I have managed to convince a friend of mine to try out a Linux based
machine as a router in the company that he works in. At present, all
their computers (around 15 or so) run Windows. They have a router (I
think a consumer grade one) through which they connect their lan
computers to the internet in some way.

For quite a while he had been complaining about viruses and spyware in
this computers. So I suggested he install Firefox and Thunderbird and
train users not to use IE or Outlook, run spyware and antivirus and
educate users NOT to click on any random links. So far so good. But he
still has problems about controlling his network traffic and internet
security. So now I have convinced him to install Debian (or some other
flavor of Linux) on a machine and make it a jpowerful and fully
configurable router.

That is the story. Now, I personally have a firewall script (iptables)
set up on my computer. But my friend is not Linux literate at all is not
going to be confortable with bash scripting and vi editor and iptables
in the first go. Is there a GUI firewall application for Linux that can be installed on router computers to deal with with various applications: web browsing, email, databases: oracle & siebel, or other Windows stuff?

I am also thinking about suggesting he use spam assassin to block spam
coming in or going out. But I haven't touched this subject yet.

My eventual aim is to make him install Ubuntu on a computer or two and
let him see how well that performs (though he has some applications in
his company that run on Windows only - need IE).


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This will be OT^2 but what the heck... I'd advise you to mention m0n0wall. It's not linux but FreeBSD based and sports a very good graphical webinterface, is well documented, under active development and has an active userlist. It's features are close to $ 10k+ Cisco appliances.

The great part I think is that it looks nice and selfexplanatory (as far as firewalling can ever be selfexplanatory :-) even to a windo$e user but still doesn't hide any of the advanced parts of firewalling as most other graphic software firewalls do. You can learn firewalling step by step without being to overwhelmed by the dark side of the CLI or abstract features.

Besides, to a windoze user Unix & Linux all look alike.....



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