I'm looking for a cool way to share my internet connection between my desktop running debian (lenny) and a laptop running Windows XP. Here is my situation: I plug my desktop's wired Ethernet card to a DLS modem on the wall. The desktop has a separate wireless Ethernet card, which is currently not being used for anything.
I'd like to share the connection with the laptop using the desktop's wireless card. Kind of turning my desktop into a wireless router
I've looked into the Zebra, and Quagga projects and they seem to provide the functionality for this.
The problem is that I'm not too savvy with all the networking lingo. I'm not sure I got the right equipment, and I'm afraid to turn my computer into a bloated food processor instead of a wireless router.
So here are my questions:
1- Is this even possible or am I wasting my time?
2- If possible, is this a monstrous task or no so much?
3- Am I on the right track with Zebra/Quagga or are there more appropriate (easier to use) tools?
4- Finally, can any one recommend an article or tutorial where I can get some step-by-step instructions in achieving my objective?
Thank you all in advance.