Some progress then.....
Ping is working so the network is functioning & connected: good.
I do not use suse, so I do not use yast, I do not much like mandrake's "Control centre" either. So we'll try and do things by hand.
To start with your errors:
linux:~ # /etc/fstab
-bash: /etc/fstab: Permission denied
The # sign is the root prompt. It is waiting for you to type a command.
is a text file
. It is true that almost everything in linux is a file, (including commands), but this is a plain ordinary text file, and you cannot execute it, so you get "Permission denied". Same for the other files. If you typed cat /etc/fstab
the cat command would give you a listing of the contents of the file /etc/fstab.
You need to edit some files. You can do this from the command line (You really should learn a tiny bit about vi the command-line editor. It only takes 5mins to learn the basics, and one day, when your GUI has failed, knowing how to use vi will save you. Yes, being a newbie is hard at first, there are a lot of things to learn about!)
The easiest way for you to edit a file as root is:
Open a terminal.
Give the su command and password. (You know how to do this already)
Give the following command kwrite &
That will start up kwrite ( which is very easy to use ) as the root user
because it was started from a "root console". You need to be root because the /etc/hosts file belongs to root, and root has set it so that only root can write to that file.
Open up /etc/hosts with kwrite. (File...Open...Navigate to it etc)
In here you need a list of your computers names and their IP addresses, and their short names. Mine looks like this:
10.0.0.77 p4.home.net p4
10.0.0.66 p3.home.net p3
You have more computers than I do, so add them all in. You need the localhost line, but you do NOT need the names or IP addys of my computers! You will have to do this on all your computers.
Save the file, do not close the (root's) kwrite window just yet. You need to edit /etc/exports
as it says in the link fsbooks gave you.
Good luck, you will get there.