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Old 03-22-2011, 11:37 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by LinuxBoxSolution View Post
For one I'm using a phone to write these posts ...
That's an explanation, but not an excuse. Neither for the lack
of grammar, spelling or punctuation, nor for rude conduct.

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Old 03-22-2011, 12:53 PM   #17
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If you want a Linux network that's as good as a Windows network, sell your 350 V-8, six speed manual Corvette, and buy a 1982 Chevette!
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@linuxnewbie2012: This thread has gotten a little off topic, though humorous, hopefully the posts give you some information about how Linux networking is superior to Windows. I think that a lot of this has to do with the fact that much of current network design was done on Unix and BSD systems with Windows porting it after the fact. Consequently, networking is something that is natively built into Linux, which inherited from these platforms. In Linux it is possible, if not common, to run remote resources such as parts of the file system or a display via a network connection and they will operate as though they were part of the local machine.

In answer to your original question:
What is needed for my Linux network to achieve this? I don't think we need a DNS server for a LAN, do we? A DHCP is also unnecessary, isn't it?
Very little is needed. As was previously mentioned if you wish to integrate with Windows systems you will want to use a package called Samba. This brings SMB capability along with netbios and winbind. Samba will allow you to join a Linux PC to a domain or even run a primary domain controller on a Linux system. Combine this with LDAP and Kerberos and you will have a very powerful centralized authentication system for your network, capable of handling hundreds, if not thousands of users.

You can certainly run a DNS server and a DHCP server if you choose. Ultimately to connect to a LAN, the machines must have an address which they can by configured with statically or dynamically via DHCP. Similarly, somewhere on your network you will need a DNS server to resolve between names and IP addresses, but you can also use your ISP's DNS and/or free ones like Google's public DNS. Of course these won't resolve your LAN addresses which is a feature that is actually relatively easy to setup and configure. You can even have your hosts dynamically assigned addresses by DHCP and have the DNS automatically update the forward and reverse zone information. Any Linux distribution is capable of installing these applications. There is no magical "server" edition like there is in Windows. You will see references to server builds, but these aren't strictly necessary and typically remove features like graphical interfaces. In some ways Linux will be similar to Windows in this manner in that you simply install the applications, much like install the modules into your server manager.

Are there any other questions you have regarding Linux networking or anything that we can provide further clarification on?
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Originally Posted by Tinkster View Post
That's an explanation, but not an excuse. Neither for the lack
of grammar, spelling or punctuation, nor for rude conduct.
Furthermore, his/her rudeness does not justify others' rudeness -- report rude posts, don't reply in kind; not even anything like in kind.

Thanks all.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:07 AM   #20
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Hindsight, which is always 20-20 :

Originally Posted by TB0ne View Post
And don't use that text-speak garbage....your post is almost impossible to read and understand.
In retrospect, it was this post's language -- including the negative word "garbage" & lacking a "please" that set off the rudeness & mini-flamewar.
What if TB0ne had said:
Please don't use text-speak -- your post is almost impossible to read and understand.
Would LinuxBoxSolution have reacted differently?

The std. lessons apply:
  • Choose your words carefully.
  • Look at what you said from an outsider's point of view. -- Are you saying what you mean to say?
  • In responding, make allowances for others' lapses -- failing to follow the above or failing to do them well.

Lesson 2
Choose your smart phone carefully -- I haven't picked mine yet so this is very instructive for me.
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