Linux users - does the Linux firewall block/make it difficult to watch video or film online?
Question: I am learning about Linux because Im thinking of changing my OS to Linux and trying to find out some pros and cons. I sometimes stream film from sites or watch you tube and Im wondering if Linux will interfere with this.
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Linux won't really need a firewall. I run a number of Linux machines without any security software and they're fine. Linux is a lot more secure than Windows (Or Mac OS, for that matter), and because it's not used as widely, less viruses are produced for it. The only issue you might have is that Flash isn't very well supported in Linux - you won't get very good frame rates in full screen, high quality video. Still, if your computer's powerful enough, it should be fine. Linux is a fantastic platform, which is rapidly becoming more and more user friendly. I urge you to try out Ubuntu, from http://www.ubuntu.com. From there, you can create a Live CD, so you can test Ubuntu without installing it!
Not the way I work. I tell you the resource, and you go there, straight to the "horses mouth". This is the overview, more is there: 1. Grab a 800 Mhz processor with a mainboard, 128 Mb of RAM, a 3Gb to 20 Gb hard drive, and three NICs. 2. Hook up with a CDrom to load it, and a keyboard and monitor, that will all go away, in twenty minutes. Go to http://ipcop.org and grab the tiny 24 Mb ISO, burn to a CDrom, and read the directions. This will set up a hardware firewall, that can also filter, and run spam assassin, and Dan's Guardian. It is intended to work for upto 36 client nodes, so you can let up to 50 clients run, with a tad bit of delay. Or make two of them.
Linux firewall is not like the firewall that you have in windows with some preset items in it. The firewalls in linux require you to create rules for it... This can be difficult if you're not familiar with firewall rules and can completely block all of your internet traffic. My best advice is that you don't really need it. Now as for linux having viruses that is not true they don't right viruses for any Linux flavor. For linux you find rootkits and/or remote or local exploits. Linux is not more secure than Windows or Mac OS. It is just a smaller target due to it's small market share of desktop users with Windows being the largest and Mac OS not far behind it. Now as for the commercial area there are tons of linux servers running out there, but as for you personal machine linux is a safe bet. I use Ubuntu and the only problems I've ever had are self inflicted.
I use ubuntu with a vista dual-boot, and I would have to say that I use ubuntu a lot more. The only thing I really use vista for is games, google lively, and... well... nothing else. Linux has everything else that anyone would ever ask for. and, its FREE!! Also, it is possible to completely avoid the command line for casual usage, and the driver support is great and is getting better all the time. The only thing that doesn't work under my Ubuntu installation is my microphone. Ease of use is definitely good under linux, depending on your distribution, especially because you can customize it to your specific needs. I would recommend Linux Mint for first time users because it contains an Ubuntu base with media codecs preinstalled, and a better looking interface that looks a bit like windows for new users. What made me switch? 1. Windows is SLOW, and gets even slower. 2. Windows has to worry about viruses all the time. 3. Linux is a lot more fun!!
Michael is wrong a firewall should be ON at all times in linux but most linux firewall rely on iptables files and you shoudn't have any probs at all RICK
The thing about installing Linux alongside Vista in a dual-boot is that the MBR will be overwritten and will point to a bootloader on the Linux partition. The Linux bootloader (such as GRUB) chainloads the Windows bootloader when you select Windows from the boot menu. If you simply deleted the Linux partition, the Windows bootloader would never be called. To fix this, you need to access the Recovery environment on the Windows setup disc, and enter the command "bootrec /FixMbr" into the command prompt. This should overwrite the MBR and load the Windows bootloader directly again. http://sathyasays.com/2008/10/29/how-to-... Now as to how to actually remove Linux, I would recommend another tool, one that, ironically, runs on Linux. The GParted LiveCD can easily help you delete, create, and resize partitions. You can use it to delete the Linux partition and then resize the Windows partition to make it take up a larger amount of the drive again. Note that you need to shut down Windows correctly before running this tool; GParted will refuse to modify an NTFS partition that was not unmounted cleanly. http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.ph...
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