Your setup idea sounds great... I've got a nice little DX2/66 machine
sitting here doing much the same stuff... I'm thinking about offloading
it to become my modem-box for both Win95 and Linux using Diald... but
that's a plan for another day right now :))
Not at all... just install Linux... use Lilo if you wish... it'll workQuote:> I still need to know:
> * Does this machine REALLY need a FAT partition? Because I'm
> not going to install any flavor of DOS or Windows, I plan
> to have just ext2 and swap partitions on the computer's
> hard drive.
great. Promise! :)
Absolutely... the SIIG looks like 2 parallel ports... LPT1 and LPT2...Quote:> * Will the SIIG Parallel Pro Dual work with Linux? This is
> the most important piece of hardware as far as I'm
> concerned, since I want to make this computer at least a print
> server, if not anything else.
so in other words it works just like a single parallel port... only two
of 'em! :)
Should be... how much bandwidth do you expect to send between the two? IQuote:> * How does it sound to have a cheap ISA NE2000-compatible
> network card in each machine for the network interface?
> I don't particularly care for ultra-fast throughput,
> but is this enough?
use two Etherlink III's that I picked up used at Computer Renaissance
You could easily use coax for your cabling, but if you want to splash
out a little more for more future flexibility and reliability you might
want to use Cat-5 (RJ-45) type cabling... you can add a hub later that
you can use to attach a few more Linux boxes together :)
Yes... as I said I do much the same... only with a single printer and IQuote:> * Overall, will such a multi-purpose network goodies box
> be possible with Linux? I might have to spend another
> weekend getting all the parts together, but I need to
> know if I can do them all on the same machine.
use it for offloading minor tasks that I want to run while working on
other things on my primary machine. It also makes a nice temporary
data-store and a long-term storage area for downloaded and installed
TARballs (and uninstalled ones too)... keeps space available on my
primary machine. It also allows me to experiment with new networking
stuff without worrying too much if I crash it. Yes I do back it up, but
only to keep a permanent store of the TARballs.
Finally, if you do need help setting it up or have problems, please feel
free to mail me and I'll try to help with any other questions you may