I access the Internet from behind a firewall on a Macintosh-based network.
The server is a Macintosh running Vicom Internet Gateway. Most of the
machines connected to the network are Macs; there are also a few Windows PCs
on the network. We recently switched from an ISDN connection to ADSL. We
also use DHCP for assigning IPs.
My primary computer is a Macintosh. I also have a PC with an AMD K6/200
processor. A few weeks ago, I abolished Windows98 from the PC, replacing it
with RedHat Linux 5.2. I've never had any trouble connecting to our LAN or
the Internet when using Mac OS or Windows. However, when it comes to
connecting with Linux I am absolutely baffled!
Under Mac OS & Windows, all that was necessary was to specify "Ethernet" as
the network type and "Configure using DHCP" for acquiring an IP address and
getting all the other numbers (subnet mask, DNS, gateway, etc.) However,
Linux seems to want me to enter 17 different addresses in 42 different
locations (okay, so I'm exaggerating). Why can I not find a way to get Linux
to simply gather all this info from the DHCP server?
All of the manuals, FAQ's, How-To's, etc that I've been able to locate
instruct me to enter my machine's IP address (I thought the DHCP server is
supposed to assign this...), enter the subnet mask (I thought the DHCP
server is supposed to assign this...), enter the addresses of the
nameservers (I thought the DHCP... well, you get my point.)
I know the hardware works, because it's the same hardware I used with
Windows98. Under Linux, I can successfully ping my loopback address
(127.0.0.1). But I can't ping anything else. So apparently, I'm missing
something important here. I've configured everything as best I can using
netcfg, but my Linux box still can't even find our gateway/server.
Does anyone know of a helpful tutorial that is written for people coming
from a Macintosh/Windows98 background? I'm just a user, not a programmer,
and I'm afraid that I'm too accustomed to being able to tell my Mac "Do
this" and it just does it. I really want to broaden my horizons and learn
something new, and I feel that learning Linux/Unix can also help me get into
a new career. Until I can connect my Linux box to the Internet, I can't get
any new software onto it, and frankly, I'm getting tired of playing
minesweeper and mahjonng ;-)
For what it's worth, I've set up a regular user account for myself because I
know better than to run around as root all the time; I did manage to
successfully install and configure KDE, and I can find the appropriate
networking tools from within KDE. I'm just not understanding what I'm
supposed to _do_ with these tools...
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