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I am a complete n00b to linux. I always wanted to learn linux and start using it and now I am.
I installed Slackware linux about a week ago and I can get online with it. I'm using broadband, so I'm not dialing up to anywhere. I tried configuring it with #netconfig but I couldn't get anywhere. I'm actually running through a router, it's a cable connection too. I set it up on Static IP and I think I put in the right IPs for everything, I'm not sure and nothing worked. I also tryed DHCP, cause I'm running through a router, but still nothing. I have no idea what to do.
The computers IP is 184.108.40.206
Through the router its 192.168.0.103
I don't have a damn clue what to do so that I can browse sites on linux. So it will make it easier to learn, instead of loading windoze, browsing for info, rebooting to linux trying stuff that doesn't work then booting back up to windoze to read more. Can anyone help me out?
This is assuming the IP address assigned to the computer from the router is 192.168.1.103 and that the router's IP is 192.168.1.101 (on the "behind the firewall" side).
eth0 is your network card, broadcast is the last address in the block of IP's your computer is in, netmask is the number of computers in the block. In this case, the netmask is telling it that everything in 192.168.1.* is somewhere close. That's what the 255.255.255.0 means. If it was, for example, 255.255.0.0, it would mean everything in 192.168.* is close at hand, and if you see a netmask of 255.255.255.255 it means basically "i know who I am, but I don't know where or who anyone else is".
Anyway, that should get you up and cooking with some network usage.
As a total aside, what made you decide on slackware? It's fairly hardcore, if you wanna save yourself some headache, pick up redhat 9 - it'll do all this for you, you just tell it that it's dhcp in the install process and it does the rest.
Or, if you want to be hardcore, check out gentoo. More extensive documentation than slack, and it's got better network autodetection.
But, your mileage may vary, distribution choice is very personal.
Thank you very much, I seem to understand it somewhat. I haven't tried it yet but I will soon. I chose slackware because it was like 10$ online and I had dial up at the time and didn't feel like downloading a 600MB file... I'll tell you the outcome of this. Thank you again.