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Finally Holidays

So, finally my holidays started and they won’t end until the 8th of January 2007. Beside all the x-massing this year I also found time to continue some work on all the things I have - at least theoretically - running. I resumed hacking on my media center software for Linux and also found some time to continue thinking and a bit designing about/of Endorphin (formerly Sulphur). While doing these things I continued setting up my new Debian system (installing missing software-package by doing everyday work and wondering why it’s not possible to open X anymore or save Y as Z) and backupped all the missing stuff from my old drive. But to revert to Endorphin, as I was saying I continued a bit thinking about it and also made a first design. I thought of building it up like some all-included-standalone IPtables web-interface for Linux. The backbone should be some light HTTP-Daemon (lighttpd?) with abilities of PHP5, Sqlite3 and maybe also ImageMagick which runs on more operating systems than linux (who knows, a PF implementation would also be possible). The web-interface shall provide features for easily accessing IPtables rules, creating new ones, modifying existing ones or deleting them. But Endorphin should not only provide a visualized console, it should also aid the user with hints and rule-creation druids. Beside these features, Endorphin would allow to create real access rules for each Endorphin-User, example: User A could be restricted on creating only rules for eth0, while User B can create rules for eth0 and eth1. Or User A could be restricted for creating only logging-rules but none which would drop/reject or accept packages. All these things aren’t possible using regular linux accounts and pure IPtables and with Endorphin it would also be possible to do these things from all over the LAN/WAN.

I thought about many other features that could be implemented into such a frontend, but it would take too much time to precisely describe each of them. Like I said, I don’t know if I’ll really start that project since it would take an assful of time which I usually do not have. However, feel free to write comments about these ideas… :)

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