Originally posted by glj
I've succesfully set up a DHCP server in my house (it's only serving 5 computers, but twas educational!). Next step is to be able to access the other computers by their hostnames, as well as their IP's.
Is this a samba or a named solution????
Samba is for connecting to MS Windows shares.
What you can do are two things:
1) you can setup a DNS server on your local LAN - it would be a very educational project for sure.
2) you can add the 5 computers to the /etc/hosts file of each of the 5 computers and make up a hostname for every one of them.
The problem with option #2 is that you'll have to keep the /etc/hosts files synced on 5 computers and if you make a change, you have to make that change on all computers. A real nightmare especially if your network grows in time.
Number 1 is a lot better; just one central server and every one of your computers will use your DNS server for name lookups. Change once, and be done with it.