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Unread 31-08-2007, 11:01 AM   #1
Joe LaVigne
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Net Nanny

Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?

I have 2 kids that currently use an XP box. I am slowly working Windows
out of the house, but I want the machine somewhat protected, considering
that I am not always there when they use the computer.

I did a cursory google search, but can't find anything. So, I thought
I'd ask here. If there is something good, it would eradicate another XP
piece of crap from my house. ;-)

Currently, they use Blue Coat K9 Web Protection, and it works well.
Very little configuration needed, keeps reports of all sites visited,
halts the connection if there are repeated attempts to go to disallowed
sites, etc. It'd be great if there were something like that out
there...


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Unread 31-08-2007, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: Net Nanny

Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> writes:

> Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
> worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?


Joe,

Did you look at the features of edubuntu?

http://www.edubuntu.org/Community

I have no experience of "yet another distro" ('m not great fan of
Distro dilution as you may know), but certain of its features are
probably an apt-egt away in Ubuntu.

>
> I have 2 kids that currently use an XP box. I am slowly working Windows
> out of the house, but I want the machine somewhat protected, considering
> that I am not always there when they use the computer.
>
> I did a cursory google search, but can't find anything. So, I thought
> I'd ask here. If there is something good, it would eradicate another XP
> piece of crap from my house. ;-)
>
> Currently, they use Blue Coat K9 Web Protection, and it works well.
> Very little configuration needed, keeps reports of all sites visited,
> halts the connection if there are repeated attempts to go to disallowed
> sites, etc. It'd be great if there were something like that out
> there...


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Unread 31-08-2007, 01:00 PM   #3
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Re: Net Nanny

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:08:13 +0200
Hadron <hadronquark@googlemail.com> wrote:

> Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> writes:
>
> > Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
> > worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?

>
> Joe,
>
> Did you look at the features of edubuntu?
>
> http://www.edubuntu.org/Community
>
> I have no experience of "yet another distro" ('m not great fan of
> Distro dilution as you may know), but certain of its features are
> probably an apt-egt away in Ubuntu.
>


Nope. My hopes are that someone will actually know which package does
this, and be able to give me the name, saving the all important time
factor... ;-)

Of course, if noone answers by tonight, I'll look at it. Never really
thought to check edubuntu. Thanks for the suggestion...


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time..."
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Unread 31-08-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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Re: Net Nanny

Joe LaVigne wrote:

> Nope. *My hopes are that someone will actually know which package does
> this, and be able to give me the name, saving the all important time
> factor... * ;-)


Dansguardian?

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Unread 31-08-2007, 09:01 PM   #5
Kevin T. Neely
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Re: Net Nanny

On 2007-08-31, Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote:
> Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
> worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?


I haven't used it,but I beleive what you want is some sort of squid +
filtering proxy setup. One package I have heard of is called
dansguardian, so you could give that a try. I suppose you could run
it right on the kids' computer(s), but a more secure setup would be to
run it on the router.

good luck,
K

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Unread 31-08-2007, 09:01 PM   #6
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Re: Net Nanny

On 2007-08-31, Joe LaVigne blabbered on and on about Re: Net Nanny in alt.os.linux.ubuntu w
> On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:08:13 +0200
> Hadron <hadronquark@googlemail.com> wrote:
>
>> Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> writes:
>>
>> > Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
>> > worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?

>>
>> Joe,
>>
>> Did you look at the features of edubuntu?
>>
>> http://www.edubuntu.org/Community
>>
>> I have no experience of "yet another distro" ('m not great fan of
>> Distro dilution as you may know), but certain of its features are
>> probably an apt-egt away in Ubuntu.
>>

>
> Nope. My hopes are that someone will actually know which package does
> this, and be able to give me the name, saving the all important time
> factor... ;-)
>
> Of course, if noone answers by tonight, I'll look at it. Never really
> thought to check edubuntu. Thanks for the suggestion...
>
>


http://www.spectorsoft.com/

From the following thread:

http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y

You can use "Ubuntu CE" as a web proxy. I believe it not only blocks
lewd sites, but also logs web activity. This will however require the
use of a seperate computer. Make sure that is "Ubuntu CE" not just
regular "Ubuntu".




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Unread 01-09-2007, 01:00 AM   #7
Joe LaVigne
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Re: Net Nanny

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 20:51:09 +0000 (UTC)
Pseudo Silk Kimono <Pseudo_Silk_Kimono@marillion.com> wrote:

>
> http://www.spectorsoft.com/
>
> From the following thread:
>
> http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y
>
> You can use "Ubuntu CE" as a web proxy. I believe it not only blocks
> lewd sites, but also logs web activity. This will however require the
> use of a seperate computer. Make sure that is "Ubuntu CE" not just
> regular "Ubuntu".


Thanks... I think I'll check out the other options first, though...
I am looking for free (perpetual cheapskate ;-) ) and I don't like the
idea of perpetuating any religious distributions... Trying to bring
the kids up to be healthy, happy atheists, and the Christian Edition
just doesn't meet the criteria... ;-)

Dansguardian may just be the thing. If not, Edubuntu will likely do the
trick...

I appreciate the suggestions, though. If Dansguardian doesn't do what I
need, spector likely will...


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time..."
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Unread 01-09-2007, 01:00 AM   #8
Joe LaVigne
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Re: Net Nanny

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 16:56:44 GMT
David Aldred <nr@familyaldred.org.uk> wrote:

> Joe LaVigne wrote:
>
> > Nope. *My hopes are that someone will actually know which package
> > does this, and be able to give me the name, saving the all important
> > time factor... * ;-)

>
> Dansguardian?
>


I'm going to take some time tonight and read through the text for this
one. Looks like just the app I was looking for. Thanks!


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Joe - Registered Linux User #449481

"Hate is baggage, life is too short to go around pissed off all the
time..."
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Unread 01-09-2007, 01:00 AM   #9
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Re: Net Nanny

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 20:21:43 GMT
"Kevin T. Neely" <ktneely@astroturfgarden.com> wrote:

> On 2007-08-31, Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote:
> > Any suggestions for the best Net-Nanny packages (if there are any
> > worthwhile) for (Ubuntu) Linux?

>
> I haven't used it,but I beleive what you want is some sort of squid +
> filtering proxy setup. One package I have heard of is called
> dansguardian, so you could give that a try. I suppose you could run
> it right on the kids' computer(s), but a more secure setup would be to
> run it on the router.


The router is a Linksys. But I can always create a proxy server on my
VMWare ESX server and install Dansguardian there, then block the kids'
PC from accessing the router directly, to force them through the
proxy...

The kids are very well behaved on the computer. They are not really the
type to go to bad places on their own, but with some of the popups and
ads that come up, not to mention crap e-mails, you can never be too
careful...

Thanks for all the help, eveyone!


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Joe - Registered Linux User #449481

"Hate is baggage, life is too short to go around pissed off all the
time..."
- Danny, American History X

 
Unread 01-09-2007, 03:01 AM   #10
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Re: Net Nanny

Joe LaVigne wrote:
> <snip> I don't like the
> idea of perpetuating any religious distributions... Trying to bring
> the kids up to be healthy, happy atheists, and the Christian Edition
> just doesn't meet the criteria... ;-)


Don't be so judgmental. The Ubuntu CE is just Ubuntu with some added
features, primarily Dansguardian. A toolbar called
WhatwouldJesudDownload, some bible study programs. That's it. If you'd
rather do this on your own with Ubuntu and dansguardian, go for it. The
CE distribution just sets it all up for you.

From the Ubuntu CE website:
Ubuntu Christian Edition also includes fully integrated web content
parental controls powered by Dansguardian. A graphical tool to adjust
the parental control settings has also been developed specifically for
Ubuntu Christian Edition. These features are truly what sets Ubuntu
Christian Edition apart.

We have also locked down the proxy settings to make the filtering that
much more difficult to bypass. However, there is no substitute for the
watchful eye of a parent. No filtering system is perfect and many of our
children have the technical ability to circumvent our attempts to
protect them from the bad side of the internet. We have prepared a few
tips to help you better protect your family.

* Create seperate user accounts for each child. They should never have
root access.
* Do not set your CDROM to boot. This will allow a child to use another
LiveCD to go around the filter.
* Set a BIOS password.

# Dansguardian Web Content Parental Controls with graphical interface

* Can be used as a network proxy/filtering server by setting the other
systems proxy settings to the IP address of the Ubuntu CE system and
port 8080.
* Firefox proxy settings are locked down to keep users from bypassing
the filtering.
* Access denied log viewable as text based and html based.


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