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Routing, network cards, OSI, etc. Anything is fair game.
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This will depend on how you want your network to be set up.
I assume these will be connected to the Internet.... If that's true, will one PC be the gateway for the other, or will you be using some type of hub or switch connected to, or with a built in modem or router?
If you need to connect the two machines directly to each other, you will need to do so with a crossover cable, and they will both need to have the same IP scheme (ie. 10.0.0.x on both machines, or whatever addressing scheme you are using). If they just need to talk to each other, that would be it, but if they need to get to the outside world, each would need correct routing information, so one would use the default gateway to your ISP, while the other would use the machine it is directly connected to as it's gateway.
On the other hand, if you have both machines connected through a hub or switch, they would both need to be configured to use the modem or router as the gateway, and would both need to be on the same subnet with the same IP scheme as the gateway device.
I know that doesn't directly answer your question, but that will make it easier to give an accurate answer for your situation.
I suspect the type of functionality you are looking for is similar to what you would have with 2 XP machines. I'm just trying to figure this out myself, but the Linux box will need to run Samba to be seem on the "Network Neighborhood"/Workgroup section on the XP box. I've been using a package called swat which allows you to configure Samba through a web browser on the localhost. There is help on every option it seems, and quite easy to get to.
Since you know how to setup 2 XP PCs, I'm assuming you understand the physical networking needed for what you are wanting to do.
You need SAMBA for connecting to Windows shares, but not for normal networking.
So it sounds like the Linux boxes are already networked ok and can connect to the Internet. Is all that you're really looking for at this point file and/or print sharing between the Linux boxes and the XP box?