I took a dive into the Linux pool two days ago by installing Kubuntu 6.06 from a Live CD. Within an hour or so my plodding Fujitsu P2040 with 700 MHz Transmeta Crusoe chip was transformed into a useable computer from it's previous sluggish Windows existence! I am very, very impressed!
However, I have yet to be able to get internet access either at home (ADSL) or at work (Ethernet). In both cases I am successfully connecting to Windows XP machines using Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). In both cases I can see and access shared Windows drives. However, no internet (yet)!
I'm trying to figure out the correct settings in System Settings > Network Settings. At work the ICS machine has two network cards, one connecting it to the ISP, and the other to the network hub. The ISP card uses a DNS of 10.91.0.1 and a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0. The LAN card uses a DNS of 192.168.99.1 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.
Under the Network Interfaces tab I've got an IP address (automatically assigned) of 192.168.99.7 with a netmask of 255.255.255.0 using DHCP protocol. To my understanding, it looks perfectly fine. On the Routes tab I wasn't sure what IP address to enter. I've put in 10.91.0.1 since that's what the WinXP machine has.
The real mystery to me is what should be entered under the Domain Name System tab. I've tried a number of things and nothing seems to make a positive difference.
I have tried pinging various addresses: ping 192.168.0.1 gives me "Network is unreachable" (the same goes for any other internal address). Pinging 184.108.40.206 (google.com) gives me the same result. However, when I enter "ping google.com" I get "unknown host google.com".