UnderLinux Interviews Core Netfilter Member

    Date18 Feb 2002
    CategoryFirewalls
    4098
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    bit_of_love sent us a note about an interview with Harald Welte. "UnderLinux has an interesting interview with Harald Welte, member of netfilter/iptables project core team. Harald told about his carrer, dificulties in iptables project, Brazil and Free software, GNU/HURD and, of course, the new iptables2 to kernels 2.5.x/2.6.x.". . . bit_of_love sent us a note about an interview with Harald Welte. "UnderLinux has an interesting interview with Harald Welte, member of netfilter/iptables project core team. Harald told about his carrer, dificulties in iptables project, Brazil and Free software, GNU/HURD and, of course, the new iptables2 to kernels 2.5.x/2.6.x."

    UnderLinux : Can you tell us something about you, your country, your work and your activities with free software ?

    Harald : I'm a 22 years old computer geek from Germany. The beginning of my 'linux career' was the necessity of running a gatway between FIDO, UseNet and ZConnect (some proprietary german message format used in the so-called Z-Netz). I tried using KA9Q on DOS, didn' succeed and had a look at linux. I've never had any experience with unix-like operating systems before. After learning about administration, shell scripts, perl programming and unix C programming, I spent a couple of years installing, configuring and customizing linux-based mail-, news-, web- and fileservers. Later on, I was contracted for custom software development on linux and solaris. During that time I always tried to contribute bugfixes and new features back to the free software projects I've been working with. I am a very religious member of the free software community (see also my gnumonks.org domain name). My favourite subject within computing has always been firewalling. Considering this, it's not too surprising that I tried the 'new' netfilter/iptables code in is's early development state during 2.3.x linux kernels. There were some features missing, and I started to implement some of them. I got more and more involved with the project, resulting in me becoming the fourth member of the netfilter/iptables core team in October 2000.

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