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Old 03-07-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Slackware recommandations...

Hi there,

I'm a 13 year old Python programmer and I'm getting Slackware 10.1. If you already haven't guessed, I'm fairly new to linux. Though I have used many shells and wantnot to prepare myself.

I would like to know what many of you think I should add to my Slackware installlation (Firewalls, Anti-virus ETC.) so I can have a secure, but still fast OS running. I will be using it mainly programming, and I will be the cilent for SSH and possibly telnet.

So, what do you all think I should add?

Old 03-07-2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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Well there isn't much need for an anti-virus, but if you want one you can use Clamav. Slack comes with iptables (a firewall) that you'll have to configure. I suggest you read up on how to use iptables, or you can use a GUI like firestarter.

Old 03-07-2005, 08:05 PM   #3
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Like Linux~Powered said, there's not much need for an antivirus and Slackware comes with some included firewall protection features. Also, you might want to check out They have all kinds of pleasantries for Slackware. Also They have all sorts of programs to use there too.

In addition, welcome to the wonderful world of Slackware!
Old 03-07-2005, 08:27 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's more a question of 'remove' than 'add'. Remove any unnecessary packages and chmod 600 everything in /etc/rc.d you don't need running and so on. Add an .xserverrc telling it not to listen to tcp if you don't need that, and so on. Remove, turn off, close, lockdown.

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