OK, so I've read the comp.sys.mac.comm FAQ, but I feel somewhat dwarfed by the
information in it, so I'm hoping that someone else has already done what I'm
trying to do and/or can offer me some advice about how exactly to proceed.
I have a PC running Linux, with a laser printer hooked up to it. My wife just
bought a Macintosh PowerBook. I want her to be able to print files from her
PowerBook to my printer.
I'm pretty certain that the first step in enabling her to do this is to get
and install the Columbia Appletalk Protocol (CAP) package with Linux patches
on my machine. I've seen enough postings about that and pointers to the
software that I'm sure I can find it and install it with little trouble.
What I *don't* know how to do, however, is exactly how to network the
PowerBook to my Linux box. My original intent was to buy a null-modem cable
to connect the PowerBook serial port to my PC and run SLIP over the null-modem
cable, but (a) I'm having a hell of a time finding someone who actually sells
a DIN8 to DB9 null-modem cable, and (b) I'm no longer 100% convinced that I
will be able to convince the PowerBook to talk Appletalk over a null-modem
So, I guess it comes down to the following questions:
* Assuming that I already have SLIP server software for my Linux box and I can
install CAP on it as well, is there anything *else* that I need to install?
* Well a null-modem cable work for what I need it to do?
* If so, where can I get a DIN8 to DB9 null-modem cable? I've tried the local
Micro Center, a local Radio Shack, the computer store at Boston Universtiy,
and MacConnection, and none of them had one.
* Will I need to get or buy any software for the PowerBook that isn't included
with System 7.5?
Please either E-mail any reply to this posting or post it to both
comp.sys.mac.comm and comp.os.linux.networking, because I don't read
comp.sys.mac.comm regularly (although perhaps I'll have to start now that my
wife bought a Mac! :-).