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Old 01-26-2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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Is there a NOS built into any linux distrabution? Or do I need to get one like cisco


I currently have Linux SuSE, and was wondering if I needed an external NOS (Network Operating System), if it Linux has it built it. Would I need cisco, or would i be all set creating a LAN in a similar fashion as in Windows? Prompteness would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-26-2004, 05:02 PM   #2
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Re: Is there a NOS built into any linux distrabution? Or do I need to get one like cisco

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Prompteness would be greatly appreciated.
Andrew
You obviously haven't visited this site much. Answers come in a matter of minutes often, even for questions that have been asked a zillion times.

Windows definitely didn't create networking. You've got the OS (at least one of) that was derived from the grandaddy of networking. If you mean networking-capable operating system, then Linux will do (and better and easier and more secure out of the box than Windows). Go to www.tldp.org and read the Linux Networking Howto. It'll be enlightening.
 
Old 01-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #3
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Linux natively is a networking operating system. Everything you'll need for creating an ordinary LAN comes with your distribution. There's no need for an additional operating system, unless you're intending to use very exotic, proprietary protocols.
 
Old 01-26-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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Thanks a bunch to vectordrake and nikai. Your right vector, I am new to this forum, and I found your answer exactly what I was looking for.
Have a nice night to all
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Old 01-26-2004, 05:31 PM   #5
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BTW, I haven't used SUSE, but I have heard that its as easy as Red Hat and Mandrake to network. It'll either do it for you and tell you after or hold your hand all the way through. You'll be surprised how easy it is.
 
Old 01-26-2004, 05:57 PM   #6
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Once you get samba setup and running you can mount them with fstab by adding the line:
//othercomputersname/thesharedfoldersname /the/mount/point smbfs default,user 0 0

That's what I use, if anyone knows of a better line be nice if you'd speak up, I made this one from guessing.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 04:28 PM   #7
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I actually am taking an A+ computer exam class, and I asked the professor about whether or not Linux is a NOS os, and he says its not; it requires additional software.
Im not sure whos right, my prof, or you guys, but if somebody else wants to expand on how linux is a NOS, that would be great.
Have a good day all,
Andrew
 
Old 01-27-2004, 04:44 PM   #8
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IP networking is built into the Linux kernel by default. Your prof is totally wrong on that point.

Now, if he means for Windows file and print sharing, then no that is not built into the Linux kernel, that's in the form of add-on software called Samba, which is in fact distributed with all modern distributions of Linux that I have seen, so again it looks like he would be practically wrong on that account to (although technically, it's not native to the kernel).

Last point, Linux has packet filtering and routing built into the kernel, so it is most certainly fully network-capable. If you want to do daemon routing such as RIP, etc those are extras but I believe even that can be compiled into the kernel.

Honestly, I would expect the quality of instructors for a low-level certification such as the A+ to be poor, and this "professor" certainly seems to fit that expectation.

Oh, PS Cisco's IOS is not built on top of another OS, i.e. you can't "install" IOS "on Windows" or "on Linux", it is it's own OS and runs natively directly on Cisco hardware (loaded from NVRAM) so I don't see where the "or do I need to get one?" question is coming from. The only NOS that I know if which you can install on something else is Netware, which used to run on Novell's proprietary UNIX, but now runs on Linux as well.

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Old 01-27-2004, 04:49 PM   #9
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The answers to your questions may very well be in the textbooks you purchased for your course.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 09:40 PM   #10
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Oh, another PS... Most of the NFS (Network File System) framework is built into the kernel by default, so again, a characteristic of a NOS.

Honestly, I don't know what that instructor is smoking, but I hope it's not illegal in his state.
 
Old 01-29-2004, 04:05 PM   #11
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thanks chort, that cleared things up. Im not quite sure what you want me to say, after all, im taking the A+ exam myself (im definatly a newbie), but im not going to be shooting off my mouth about my prof...at least this year. But anyways, yeah, i also though so about linux being an nos, but was told it wasnt. Thanks for your help again,
Andrew
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Old 01-30-2004, 08:14 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by aoe89
but im not going to be shooting off my mouth about my prof...at least this year.
I'm curious to know what your professor considers as requirements for being a "NOS" (even though the term is somewhat generic). You might want to ask him to clarify his answer. Is it simply a TCP/IP stack? The ability to share file systems? Accept a remote login?

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