Firewall blocking desktop features

Alec Leamas leamas.alec at
Tue Sep 10 22:01:51 UTC 2013

On 2013-09-10 23:11, Reindl Harald wrote:
> Am 10.09.2013 22:58, schrieb Heiko Adams:
>> Am 10.09.2013 22:07, schrieb Peter Oliver:
>>> Empathy's "People Nearby" feature doesn't work out of the box because
>>> the required ports are blocked by default by the firewall
>>> (  It's a similar
>>> story with Gnome's "Media Sharing" feature, and I'm sure there are lots
>>> of other examples.
>> AFAIR the samba client port is also blocked by default which makes it
>> impossible to share files with windows machines
> what is a samba *client* port?
> if you want to offer shares you are a *server*
> *server ports* for *incoming* connections must be closed as default
> to protect people not knowing what they are doing before read minimal
> manpages like "do not open samba on the WAN" - period
Nobody questions this. Thie issue in this thread is if we could find 
ways to make it simpler to enable these services.

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