Originally posted by breezewax
First off, thanks for the reply...
Okay, unfortunately the only access I have to my configuration settings is through SuSE's GUI configuration program YaST. I have very little understanding of networking components and even less of unix commands at the prompt. Appearently YaST is telling me that NFS and the Network Services are currently disabled. Now "being on a LAN"...is a cable modem system a LAN, or do I have to have other computers in my house set up to read and write to each other to be on a LAN? I know it sounds elementary, but I have no clue
thanks in advance
A LAN is a local area network. It's not a cable modem, but a
network of computers
in a relatively small area - as opposed
to a wan (wide area network), which is a connection of LANs.
You can get a lot of definitions from Webopedia
Not to sound like an elitist, or a jackass, but one of the reasons
I'm migrating from Windoze to Linux is because of those GUIs and
the lack of knowledge they produce. There's only so much you
can do to a system when you're dependent upon someone elses
pretty eye-candy frontend (GUI).
My journey with Linux began with RedHat. For me, I found that the
GUIs were keeping me from learning how my computer works, and
making it difficult, if not impossible, to detect and fix the real source
of a problem. When you work from cli (command line interface) as
much as possible, you can usually see what's happening, and when
there's a problem you have an idea of where to start to fix it.
So I moved to Slackware, and away from the RedHat (and other) type
systems that are built around GUIs to attract Windoze users.
For the computer enthusiast this will be refreshing. For someone who
only wants to browse the web, send/receive email, play some music
and videos, and write office documents - then a GUI system is all that
person really needs. Just like Windoze. Use what it's got, and when it
begins to fail or stop working as well, reinstall.
If, however, one wants to learn about their computer, and tweak it's
performance, one will have to learn cli. That's the beauty of Linux for me.
I can make my comptuer run as well as it's capable, and also change the
way programs work to suit my desires, or my system, rather than having
them work "reasonably well for every Tom, Dick and Harry" - so to speak.
If you've got the time for some reading, and the desire to learn more about
how the Linux OS works, here are some execellent online references:
Introduction to Linux
Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition
The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO
as well as other HOW-TOs by Eric S. Raymond availabe at his website