Firestarter (Chris Jones)

George Farris farrisg at
Tue Aug 31 15:39:09 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-08-31 at 17:21 +0200, Krzysztof Klimonda wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-08-31 at 07:59 -0700, George Farris wrote:
> > 
> > Gufw is in no way suitable for a new user.  They have no idea what
> > iptables are or rules for that matter.
> > 
> > George
> What is the actual use case for a simple and graphical firewall? Why do
> people who have no idea what iptables or rules are should have to use
> firewall at all?
> Cheers,
>  KK

Well I'm thinking for many, many users they aren't aware of what TCP is
or rules or how the entire thing functions.  We probably need some sort
of assistant that will set the rules up into known secure states and
then offer the user an easy way to add incoming or out going connections
without the language barrier.

Gufw is close but needs better new user support.  For example the list
of Programs in the Pre-configured section should maybe include such
things as remote desktop, file sharing, media sharing.  These are things
users will want to do.  Also with extended view on it shows one the row
number of the rule but what does that mean?  Who would know that it is
the priority of the rule, hovering the mouse over it says, "Insert the
rule in the specified row".

In "Simple rules"  there is no explanation of what TCP or UDP or BOTH is
and why one would want that.  Possible a quick pointer to some
documentation would help in the tooltip or something similar.

Those are the first things that come to mind.


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