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Linux Gazette: Making a Simple Linux Network Including Windows 9x

Sep 04, 2000, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juraj Sipos)

"I decided to write this article because often, when I read some howtos or general help texts, I find it difficult to navigate myself in the sea of information due to the fact that I often need only a little to know. Instead, I'm compelled to read hundreds of pages of texts to find an answer."

"I will give you an example. This article will help you make a simple network between two computers, but I haven't been able to mail between the two machines. The sendmail configuration is very complicated and before I find a solution, I have to read many pages of texts. But I actually need only few words, something like: "Put this in sendmail configuration file and you're done". I do not want to say that I will not be able to solve this, but time is money and I often have to do other things for living. People like me like examples that can be applied without problems. So I also give such examples in my article. I will not tell you to put 20.0.0.0 in your /etc/hosts, as some authors write about configuring a home network, because this is not a private network IP number. I will give you the numbers and expressions I have and use with assurance that it works with me. Please do not email me with questions like "my Linux doesn't see a parallel port", "I cannot connect to another machine from second parallel port..." or questions that are answered in this article, but mail me with how to configure a sendmail!"

"This article also expects some work and study to be done on your part assuming you will not use some prehistoric kernels or hardware."

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