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> I installed linux a couple of days ago. First of all i love it. Its
> definitely alot more challenging than windows but I see all the options for
> configuring. I am a complete newbie but so far I have managed to get my
> pppoe dsl working and a few programs installed. I have a small lan at home
> thats been working great with two win2k machines. I wanna setup file and
> internet sharing now between my linux (gateway) and win2k (host) machines so
> I can see both machines and use the internet from the win2k machine. I'm
> not a command line guy but I'm starting to learn. If anyone could give a
> simple step process to get this happening I would be very happy. I wanna be
> able to see my linux machine when I click on network neighborhood in win2k.
Asking for "a simple step[-by-step] process" is asking a bit much.
Basically, you want to install (if necessary) and configure Samba, which
comes with all major Linux distributions. With Win2K clients, you'll
need AT LEAST Samba 2.0.5a, preferably 2.0.7. Check http://www.samba.org
for documentation, or a basic book on Linux networking.
Quote:> Also is there a browser similiar to the network neighborhood applet in my
> caldera linux how do you browse computers on your lan in linux?
I don't know if one comes with Caldera, but there are several such
tools. One that springs to mind is called LinNeighborhood, but I can't
seem to find a URL handy. I'm sure a quick search on your favorite web
search engine will turn up a URL, though.
Quote:> I'm running caldera 2.4. Also I read about compiling the kernel to suit
> individual systems and for better performance is this something I could or
> should do?
Yes to both, although it's not something you must do immediately. In
fact, you CAN go a very long time without compiling a custom kernel, but
there are enough benefits that, IMHO, all serious Linux administrators
should undertake the task sooner or later.
As to using Linux as an Internet gateway, there are several ways to
accomplish this task, depending upon your exact needs.
You may want to consider an introductory book on Linux networking to
help guide you through all this. I've got several suggestions (including
one I wrote) at http://www.rodsbooks.com/books/books-network.html.
Alternatively, go to http://www.linuxdoc.org or browse your own
documentation directory (/usr/doc) for the Linux HOWTO documents. These
are spottier in quality, but are often very useful when it comes to
learning about anything Linux-related.
Author of books on Linux networking & multi-OS configuration