I recently suggested a friend use m0n0 on his previously smoothwall box, and
he called me last night to say he couldn't figure out why the NIC
auto-detect did not auto-detect and then SET which cable was plugged in.
He said that he immediately considered going back to smoothwall, but called
me instead (at 10:30pm)... I suggested he just use his brain and manually
enter the NIC name it was listing as "UP"... which he did, just as we all
have done, and of course he then had no problem, but commented that this
auto-detect business not auto-setting was silly and counter intuitive. I
Is this fixed in the latest betas? if not, maybe a short instruction could
be added to the install screen to explain that the auto-detect is merely to
correlate MAC and NIC name with the cable being logged in, and NOT to
actually detect and SET which has been plugged in. (because after all, its
the users job to *make these decisions* - thats how good security works.)
...at least until it works the way it seems to be designed to work.
Also, the font that displays the NIC names makes 1 (one) loook like l (L),
and he was reading :
x10 (x ten)
instead of what was actually:
xl0 (x L zero)
...i realise that even any new-to-*nix n00b should expect to see two letters
followed by a number when looking at a NIC name, but anyone else will easily
make this mistake.
Also, a quick example of subnet masks in the WAN/LAN IP setup would go a
long way to easing installs for the less network savvy among us.
Private IP range examples:
Subnet mask examples:
255.0.0.0 = /8
255.255.0.0 = /16
255.255.255.0 = /24
255.255.255.255 = /32
Valid combinations include:
..ENTER desired IP/subnet mask:
Simple explanations for windows n00bs would go a long way to giving them
(us) just that little bit of confidence that is required to not ph34r *nix.
(I realise there are positive arguments for NOT wanting win-n00bs to
discover *nix, and that the secrets of the internet probably WERE better off
in the hands of an arcane few, but lets not get into that - it's too late
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