Thanks for the replies. I got it to work, looks like the NIC cards are new enough.
/sbin/ifconfig eth1 192.168.0.2
/sbin/ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.1
This is all i had to do.
But there still remains this problem of bad speed.
I need to transfer about 24GB of data and the transfer speed remains below 800KBps.
Can you help me with that? Is there something i am doing wrong? Or is this the speed i will get. I ask this because i don't understand what is it that is different now from when my computers were connected over a LAN where i got transfer speeds close to 10MBps.