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First, allow me extend my greetings to all of you. Hopefully my time in the 'newbie' forum will be short, yet well spent.
I have recently purchased a new computer(which is running Windows ME [don't ask me why]), and am planning on installing Redhat Linux (6.0 I think, got it from the back of a book)on my old box. What I would like to do is set the Linux box up to receive the internet connection, and act as a router, sharing the connection with my Windows machine.
I currently have a cable modem connecting me to the internet on my Windows box(through USB). I have one ethernet card on each machine(on board for windows box, pci for linux), and I realize I will probably need to buy another for the linux box.
I would like to know the following things:
1. Is this request feasible?
2. What sort of hardware will I need to accomplish this?
3. Is this a good idea?
Maybe. Redhat 6.0 is OLD. I would liken it to Windows 3.1. Being a new computer, it may not work well/at all with your new hardware. You won't be able to get much support at all from this forum on 6.0 because no one is using it anymore. You won't have USB support, and virtually all configuration is NON GUI based (i.e. manually editing of files). If you get the latest, or even a much newer version, the task should be much easier. The eth card configured, and easy configuration as a proxy, etc.
Can you or anyone else suggest a site where I would be able to download a newer version? The smaller the size the better, as the hard drive I am running from is fairly small ( < 1G). This linux box will basically act as a router, while at the same time allowing me to learn linux.
The version you want is 9.1 - the versions mentioned at the top of the homepage (9.2RC1 and 9.2RC2) are testing versions, not final releases, and personally I've not been able to get them to install. You will need 3 blank CDRs to burn the ISO images to disc (you need all three CDs to complete the installation) and before you start I would recommend reading all the relevant docs on their website and perusing the mandrake distribution forum here at linuxquestions.org - it has helped me a lot with my early teething troubles!
Once you've got it up and running happily (which will probably mean a few false starts etc etc even if you're very competent in the Windoze environment... linux is VERY different and I've made lots of mistakes personally!) you'll see what we're all shouting about - Mandrake Linux 9.1 is superb for noobs like us!
Best of luck
"Show me some penguins - I want to hug them 'til they burst!" eww