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What about Guarddog? It is much much better than Firestarter. With it you can finetune the firewall much easier than with Firestarter. Firestarter has much less options, so Guarddog deserves to be added. Thanks.
I actually find Guarddog a quick rude way to generate the tables, but out of the box I find it drops a ton of related packets. I still had to learn IP tables to get it so I didn't drop packets all over the place and I'm just talking about simple home use. Did not have that issue with firestarter at all.
However firestarter requires a full installation + the kitchen sink of gnome & pam so it's not usable for me on Slackware 11.0. I still don't understand why it requires Avahi..but I digress.
I've yet to find a reliable graphical firewall table application in gnu/linux that is half as good as a zone alarm from windows and not requiring me to get in there by hand a fully tweak it, but that's my experience. Plus I don't think any of linux graphical app's support IPV6?
I'm pretty optimistic about the kmyfirewall that is advancing in development pretty rapidly, but still takes some tweaking as well. But I think shortly it should "be there" if you know what I mean.
From the available choices, this is an easy one for me. I've been a Checkpoint technician for a number of years, and always wanted to find a similar affordable firewall for home. When I came across fwbuilder I was pretty excited, and have since built 4 firewalls from scratch (for myself and for other techs I work with) using fwbuilder and iptables, each with full traditional DMZ and a couple with multiple DMZs.
Since, in my opinion, Checkpoint's SmartTracker is the greatest logging app in the firewall industry, I tried to find something similar, so I use Kiwi syslogviewer to color code /var/log/messages and although it it's not as good as Checkpoint's SmartTracker, it is excellent in combination with fwbuilder and iptables.