For those looking for cheap easy connectivity between your Linux laptop and a
non-Linux desktop, a null modem cable is hard to beat.
First step: Make sure your non-Linux computer has a terminal programme that
can transfer files and a serial port.
Second step: Make sure the Linux box has mgetty installed and a free serial
Third step: Buy the null modem cord and attach to both computers in the
Fourth step: Fire up the two boxes, and on the Linux box, login as root with
any old virtual terminal and type in "mgetty -s 115200 -r /dev/ttyS0" (for COM1
/dev/ttyS1 for COM2, etc.) On the other box, fire up a terminal programme and
use it to connect and login. I use VT100 emulation for this.
Fifth step: Enjoy!
If you have a laptop and havn't found out which networking cards to use with
it, this method can be used in a pinch for cheap file transfer. It'll be slow
for big tarballs, however.
With one of them BBS type serial port cards with the octapus cords, you can
have a terminal server desktop serving a bunch of laptops in an office. Even
better is to set up PPP with Slurp for Windows clients.
CAUTION: While the command line mgetty bit works, it works for _one_ login per
running of the command. That means you need some mechanism of looping it so
when a logout occurs, it's rerun automagically for the next person to login
with. You get to make a daemon.
Many people accomplish the above with agetty but that has the problem of
auto-respawning causing stderr messages showing up on the console. Since I
don't know how to stop the respawning, I prefer the mgetty method. The man
page for mgetty is straightforward for command line arguments to run it to
Besides laptop file transfers, it can be used to transfer files between all
the other OSes, so long as they have a term proggie and support a null modem
cord. Config Slurp, and you have the null modem PPP.
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