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Kris, that seems to do part of the trick. The command apt-get install openssh seems to run OK but apt-get update fails to resolve the url calls. I seem to have a problem getting through to the internet from that VM but I can ping local machines OK but not external ip addresses or url's. I'll have a play with that later.
This may also be why I am not getting a response when I type: man ssh
Yes I was able to execute those commands successfully on a second Linux machine which has internet access. The VM Linux machine which I was originally using can see the local network but not the internet - that's tomorrow's task!!
I am a complete Linux novice but having similar problems
I have spent hours trying to get up to speed with Linux, Fedora 12, and get access to our server from outside our network. I seem to be going in circles. I don't seem to be able to download any programmes from anywhere but can ping external sites. I connect to the terminal using Putty on a Windows XP laptop, but through the same router. Once I try from outside to replicate this I get connection errors.
I have set up, cleared and reset the iptables and switched sshd on and off so often now, it is rediculous.
Please, can anyone direct me further on what else it could be?