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in my workgroup lan with a mix of w2k and xp workstations, when i ping to Fedora 8 (Linux) server it says "Request timed out". but this Fedora server is well configured to the network it can can ping this xp machine (xxx.xxx.xxx.2) and even access the internet. but this xp maching xxx.xxx.xxx.2 and other workstations cannot ping this Fedora server xxx.xxx.xxx.1
what could be the problem please?
It could be your firewall settings. Try turning it off (/etc/init.d/iptables stop) and see if you can ping. If you can, then there is your answer. Either way, turn your firewall back on (/etc/init.d/iptables start) when you are done checking. If the firewall was the cause, and you have some need to ping your machine, you will need to modify your firewall settings. Read the following article for more info: