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Old 03-07-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
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(Newbie)Configuring windows 95 to use internet and explore files on a mandrake 9.2


I've got 2 computers: one using mandrake 9.2/windows Me and one using windows 95. The linux pc is connected to internet with eth0 using dhcp and eth1 is free for use.

1- I'd like to connect my win95 pc to internet via the linux box using eth1 and a crossover cable.

2- I'd like the win95 pc to be able to browse a vfat partition I have on my linux pc and use the printer (Lexmark Z-43).

I'm very mixed-up on how to do this.
How do I configure my eth1 on linux and my ethernet card on win95?
Do I have to setup a proxy or router?
I already installed Apache and Samba but I'm unsure on how to configure them properly. I already tried to share my internet connection using mandrake control center but it didn't work. I'm newbie to linux

Thank you for your help
Old 03-08-2004, 03:39 PM   #2
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I don't like mdk very much, I find it messy. I won't give you instruction on how to manually change network configuration and firewall, since some mdk magic would likely bring it back or worse
However, I can give you some hints about sharing files:
1. Apache is a http server, it has little to do with file sharing.
2. Samba config file is /etc/samba/smb.conf. You should set security=share to allow win95 to connect, then add exports following the given examples. Avoid spaces in exported names (the ones in brackets[]). Remember to modify "workgroup" to match win95 one.
3. Add the network printer in win95 as a "postscript printer"

PS: If win95 machine is much slower than the other, you may use it as a xterm: install a minimal linux system (any distro) with only kernel, basic system tools and xserver, then launch X --query myothermachine after having configured mdk to accept remote connections (run gdmconfig as root).
I have a P3 450Mhz running debian and serving a p75 and a 486 as xterms, plus its own console, smoothlessly.
Old 03-14-2004, 05:48 PM   #3
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I've been able to configure each network cards so each computers can be ping. httpd is running at startup. Now I'm mixed up on how to configure Apache 1.3.28. Do I have to configure proxy (Squid) or something like that?

Thanks for your help
Old 03-15-2004, 12:00 PM   #4
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If httpd is on the machine phisically connected to the internet, there should be no need for proxies. Try pointing your web browser to
Then you will have to open port 80 on your firewall to make your website visible from outside. I suggest reading one of the many apache howtos you can find here:
or look for one in your own language
Old 03-17-2004, 04:27 PM   #5
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I would suggest the following two links. They have a lot of info on setting up Samba.


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