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LinuxWorld.com: How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 3)

Sep 24, 2001, 05:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Mattoon)
"While this series is not an Ethernet HOWTO, I received a surprising amount of e-mail from readers protesting what they seem to interpret as an endorsement of Thinnet. A bit of clarification is in order.

There are few technical reasons not to use twisted-pair and 10- or 100BaseT Ethernet if that is what you prefer, and don't mind spending the money. Any up-to-date book on networks explains the advantages of this newer technology. My advice is for 50 or fewer devices, don't rip out an existing Thinnet installation and upgrade to new NICs and cabling thinking this will increase performance. For 50 or more PC X terminals, however, the equation tilts in the other direction.

Because practical use of X on Linux requires beefier graphics cards than Windows 3.x or Windows 95 (see part 2 for details), it might seem intuitive that running remote X applications will require tremendous network bandwidth. Not true! The X Window System is lean and elegant. As a result, packet collisions, network latency, and bandwidth are non-issues for networks of 40 or fewer PC X terminals."

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