My attempt to use Cygwin seems doomed to failure in spite of...

Dan Armbrust
Fri Sep 16 20:17:00 GMT 2005

Kind of off topic, but

> and i use my modem/router's configuration to not
>expose my PC to the internet, rather than running a PC firewall.
This does not give you the same protection as running a PC firewall.  A 
PC firewall allows you to determine which applications are allowed to 
make connections out to the internet.  Since most bot-ware makes 
connections from your computer out to another server to do its evil, and 
to your router firewall, it just looks like you making another internet 
connection, it won't stop it.

A PC firewall is much more effective at stopping the activities of most 
of todays viruses than a separate hardware firewall.

Its a shame that the popular PC firewall vendors won't provide more help 
in fixing whatever causes the problems with Cygwin.

FYI - I'm using Zone Alarm Pro 5.5.062 with Cygwin without any problems.


Daniel Armbrust
Biomedical Informatics
Mayo Clinic Rochester

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