Confused about GUFW staus, on or off?

Asked by joe bloggs on 2013-07-07

Every time I boot up and look at my firewall, its status is OFF. Does that mean it's not running or do I only have to turn on in order do configure it? I have looked at other answers and am still confused.
I am looking for a simple reply here.
When Gufu show status is OFF, does that mean it's not working, do I have to turn it ON?

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costales
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2013-07-08
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2013-07-08
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2013-07-08
costales (costales) said : #1

Hi! This was fixed in the version 13.10 ;)
Simple reply: You have to Unlock for know the real status (in previous versions to 13.10).
Best regards!

joe bloggs (mehrcat) said : #2

I am using Linux Mint 15, not Ububtu, so I don't know about 13.10. It seems so stupid and illogical that I have to unlock and turn on the firewall EVERY time I boot up.
Thanks Costales!

joe bloggs (mehrcat) said : #3

" You have to Unlock for know the real status"

I do not understand. Dou you mean,

 "You have to Unlock to find out the real status",

" You have to Unlock to confirm the real status",

" You absolutely must Unlock every time"?

Which one.?

Best costales (costales) said : #4

Hi! :)
It's: "You absolutely must Unlock every time"? for "confirm the real status".
You could install the new version in your Mint from the Ubuntu installer here: http://gufw.org/new
Best regards.

joe bloggs (mehrcat) said : #5

Thanks Constales, I understand now.
I couldn't find out how to update Gufw from the link you gave me. That seems to only be for Ununtu.
I think it's a bit crazy that the firewall has to be sarted each time, couldn't it come on automatically? However, I now have it listed as 1 of my start-up programmes so I cannot forget to turn it on.
Gufw should make it more clear that it has to be turned on each time. I have been running Linux for so long with no firewall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again, Thanks!

costales (costales) said : #6

You can install with these commands in the Terminal, they are safe and easy :)
wget https://launchpad.net/gui-ufw/gufw-13.10/13.10/+download/gufw_13.10.0-0ubuntu2_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i gufw_13.10.0-0ubuntu2_all.deb
rm gufw_13.10.0-0ubuntu2_all.deb
In the 2ยบ enter your password ;)

joe bloggs (mehrcat) said : #7

Brilliant! Got it from the link and installed easily. This version has more explanation and tells me what I wanted to know at the start.
"How to autostart Gufw with the system?
You don't need it. After you do all of the changes in Gufw and close it, the settings are still in effect."
Thanks yet again, Costales!

costales (costales) said : #8

Great :D You're welcome!! :)