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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by denfoote, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. denfoote

    denfoote MENACE

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    Ok.
    I got my instalation CD in the mail yesterday.
    I have a hoard of "pre install" questions.

    What about a firewall??
    Is there one included??
    If not, where do I get one??

    I have a marvelous data erasure program. I assume that because it was written for Windows XP, it will no longer work in the Linux environment. Is there such a beast in the Ubuntu world??

    What about anti virus??
    What's available or is that included in the OS???
    Same question as for the firewall!!!

    Give me some answers, Ubuntu users!!
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Assuming you have a hardware firewall, that will likely adequately protect you in Linux. I know there are some Linux Software firewalls, but I don't know their names off hand(there's probably one included on the install CD). I'm sure DC will be along shortly. I pretty much trust my hardware firewall when I'm under Linux.

    Anti Virus? Only one I know of, is AVG. There are probably others. Linux Viruses are more rare than a Mac virus, so You'd likely be ok w/o one. Even I don't use Antivirus under Linux, and I'm fairly anal about that sort of thing.

    I don't know what you mean by "data erasure program"(I presume one of those programs that supposedly cleans your tracks as you surf the web). I'm not aware of a program like that for Linux.

    Quite a few Windows programs can be ran under Wine for Linux. I only run 2 or 3 programs under it, and they all seem to work(Mainly Pokerstars.com, which works to near perfection). I don't know if your data erasure program would work, unless you downloaded a Windows browser(ie, Firefox), and used it under Wine.

    http://www.winehq.com
    http://www.grisoft.com/doc/Programs/lng/us/tpl/tpl01

    IGF
     

  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    I don't use Ubuntu (yet), but whatever kernel you run you need to learn how to secure it properly.

    Just Google 'Securing Linux' and you'll see lots of stuff like this...

    Read, learn and understand...and wait 24 hours before asking questions on most *Nix chat boards.

    Not only will you usually figure it out on your own in that time, but fewer people will chime in with "RTFM!!!!1!!"
     
  4. Washington D.C.

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    "iptables" is the Linux firewall.It is supplied in the Ubuntu kernel.I don't know if there is a graphical user interface(GUI) for it supplied on the CD.The GUI's common to Linux and avaliable for download in Ubuntu are called "Guarddog" and "Firestarter".The open source antivirus in Linux most common on free software distro's is ClamAV.

    Linux is a command line text based OS.These programs are all command line and many programs(packages) can have GUI's added to them.If that is Ubuntu "Desktop" 6.06 it should be a "Live CD".You can run Linux from the CD without writing anything to your hard drive.You need at least 256MB of ram but this amount will be slow from the CD.To add programs to a hard drive-installed Ubuntu you can use it's package manager "Synaptic".This will give a list of installed software and available software and updates and a disciption of the software.


    http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Dapper

    http://ubuntuguide.org
     
  5. Jerry110

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    For a gui i know its crude but try webmin for iptables?
     
  6. Getwild2

    Getwild2 Mac Aficionado

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    I run Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 and love it. No firewall (HW only), no anti-virus, no problems. :cool:

    If you havent been there yet, go to http://www.ubuntuforums.org/ for any questions, there's more info there than you will ever need