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ridwaan 03-12-2007 02:40 AM

what is the best GUI firewall software for Redhat Enterprise 4 [AS] x86

I just installed Redhat Enterprise 4 Advanced Server for x86.
I successfully installed the second network card with the intention of setting this machine up as a firewall router.
I have an ADSL router plugged into one NIC on this machine & the lan is plugged into the second NIC.
I'm looking for freeware firewall software with GUI that will give me the ability to monitor bandwidth by IP or MAC Address, set bandwidth quotas & also function as a firewall.

Many Thanks

b0uncer 03-13-2007 10:58 AM

I'm not so sure if "graphical firewall software" exists, unless you mean you just want a graphical frontend and the tool itself may be non-graphical. Basically I suggest you use iptables because it's builtin; you may use other programs in addition to that to do more. Firestarter is one graphical front-end (i.e. a nice window you use to create rules that iptables uses), and probably one of the most used. Google probably finds you the most used. But still you would be using iptables unless you find out something really different, but because iptables is part of the Linux kernel already, I suggest taking it into use.

Also for a server I usually discourage using graphical tools (or X for that matter), it's just waste of resources and running more programs means having more possible leaks. Learn to use command line when working on server, for example how you create iptables rules (scripts, for example, or command-line front-ends for iptables), and you'll save a lot of time and resources.

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