Firewall-applet Fedora 25 LXQt

If you’re running any desktop flavor of Fedora 25, congratulations! You’re using one of the better-designed desktop Linux distributions.

However, “better-designed” does not necessarily mean that everything is in place, for in the case of Fedora 25, it certainly is not. Most important components you expect to see on a modern desktop operating system, like a firewall application, are in place. But a few are not.

Take, for example, that firewall I referenced above. It’s called FirewallD on Fedora, and the system gives you three means by which to interact with it: From the command line, from a graphical interface called firewall-config, and from an applet, aptly called firewall-applet The first two come pre-installed, but not the third.

So that’s the one application that’s missing in every installation of a Fedora 25 desktop. Destined for the system tray and designed to start on boot, firewall-applet is designed to give you an easy means to manipulate aspects of the firewall and also to launch firewall-config. If your Linux desktop is any flavor of a Fedora 25 desktop, firewall-applet should be in your system tray. It’s like what the anti-virus applications provide on Windows. And yes, it comes with notifications, though that feature is disabled by default.

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Figure 1 Shows the applet on a Fedora 25 GNOME 3 desktop. You can see the features and functions it gives you access to.

Firewall-applet Fedora 25 GNOME
Figure 1: Firewall-applet on Fedora 25 GNOME

Selecting Block all network traffic deactivates the network interface. Saves you having to disconnect the network cable when you need to take the machine offline.

Firewall-applet blocked on Fedora 25 GNOME
Figure 2: Firewall-applet on Fedora 25 GNOME with all network traffic blocked

This is the same applet on a Fedora 25 KDE desktop. If you like that wallpaper, it’s called Canopee. more about it here.

Firewall-applet Fedora 25 KDE
Figure 3: Firewall-applet on Fedora 25 KDE

And the same applet on a Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Firewall-applet Fedora 25 LXQt
Figure 2: Firewall-applet on Fedora 25 LXQt Remix

So why is Firewall-applet not install by default on any desktop flavor of Fedora (25)? I don’t know, but this I know: It’s easy to install using the following command.

# Install firewall-applet

sudo dnf install firewall-applet

#

After installation, you can launch it by typing firewall-applet. Rebooting will also accomplish the same, because it’s designed to start on boot. If you check the list of startup applications, you’ll find an entry for it there.

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8 Responses

  1. Fedora has a clear no-mono by default policy. AFAIK, cairo dock requires mono as dependency. In fact, they went so far as to include gnote as an alternate for tomboy by default.

    So your wish is probably not going to come true anytime soon 😉

  2. Currently I’m using Fedora 15 LXDE with an old laptop.
    Quite happy with it.
    I think LXDE is a better choice if you’re looking for a light desktop.
    Cheers!

    1. I am currently reviewing the LXDE Spin, and so far, I’m pleasantly surprised. So, I agree with you. It is better than the Xfce Spin. The review will be published tomorrow.

    2. I continue to be disappointed by LXDE because every so often you come across a panel or configuration box where the text is ABNORMALLY HUGE.. like the “I’m blind as a bat can you make the text bigger?” feature has been turned on for just that element.

      It just felt too ‘not ready for prime-time.’

      As for me, I adore XFCE: the ability to click anywhere on the desktop and get ALL my system in the resulting dropdown (when I’m not using launchers like Gnome Do, that is) is a hugely unappreciated feature. And I’m trying to maximize real estate on my screen: docks and panels just get in the way of work.

  3. Gnumeric in the Education category has nothing to do with Xfce. It is a Gnumeric bug: the Categories field of the gnumeric.desktop file contains both Office and Education.

    Install Gnumeric for GNOME and it will appear in the Education category there, too.

  4. “… behind the times”

    In what sense? Do you mean that it fails to fix what is not broken? IMHO, the “traditional” Applications menu tree is much more usable than KDE4 Kickoff or GNOME Shell’s Activities, which follow the click-more-for-more-fun philosophy. Why would you want to click a gazillon time if you can simply hover the mouse pointer over a menu tree and only click when you have found the application you want to launch.

    Point-and-click is so broken in Kickoff and GNOME Shell’s Activites that you had better type to launch an application. A nostalgy for the pre-GUI era?

  5. Maybe the Team’s focus is primarily on Gnome and then KDE. I have been using Fedora KDE since FC12. Easylife is the best way to install all propriety stuff not shipped by fedora.

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