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Old 09-20-2003, 05:11 PM   #1
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Win XP Networking


Okay - super newbie questions but I'll try not too irritate you experiences users TOO much.

Here's the situation: I'm a grad school student running a Dell Latitude D600 on Windows XP Pro. That machine was set up by the school so I partitioned it so I have a copy of XP Pro I can set up any way I want at home (don't want to mess with campus network settings) and then use "their" copy of XP Pro only when I'm on campus.

At home I'm networked to my Toshiba Satellite 1805-S207 via a Linksys ethernet router. The Satellite is a dual boot running XP Home and XP Pro. XP Home is what the Toshiba is booted into 99% of the time - all it needs to do is accept backup copies of my files from the Dell a few times a day, function as a de facto print server, and operate my HP scanner. After patching XP Home for the latest viruses de jour, I've HAD it! Now it's slow as S%#T and won't even play DVD's properly anymore. I want to kill XP Home and replace it with Red Hat 9.0, but leave XP Pro on the machine so the Toshiba can serve as a backup when (note: I didn't write "if") the Dell goes down (not a dig on Dells, a dig on the "great" software image the school provided me with).

Okay, now for the questions: if I go to RH 9.0, will the Dell still be able to "see" the Toshiba's data partition and copy its backup files there? Can RD 9.0 share its HP USB printer with the Dell so it can still serve as a print server? Can RH 9.0 still operate the USB scanner? Will I be able to play DVDs on RH 9.0? And finally, any known problems between RH 9.0 and Toshiba notebooks? Any compelling reason to go with a different OS given my needs?

Thanks! And sorry for the super-newbie question. I really want to join the club but us new guys need somewhere to start.
 
Old 09-20-2003, 05:56 PM   #2
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Data files: Look into the "SAMBA" server with RH9. That's the open source version of windows file/printer sharing (much more too, but it's bread and butter is printer/file)

USB Printer, won't be a problem at all. RH9 knows about an assload of printers, sees my HP just fine. Same with the scanner.

DVD: Good luck. DVD Movies have that lovely copy protection on them. There might be a player available now, I haven't looked in awhile. DVD data, not a problem at all.

I suggest if you stick with RH9, go out and buy a book on RH9. Something from the "Unleashed" line, or "Teach Yourself RH9." It will have the printer/scanner stuff, plus Samba, and maybe even the DVD stuff.

Good luck!

edit: RedHat Linux 9 Bible looks like a good book for the subject.

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Old 09-20-2003, 07:05 PM   #3
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Excellent - thanks so much for responding. I'll buy a book so I don't irritate the board members with too many questions.

I've taken a look at SAMBA via the web to start with. It's more or less an application that runs on the Linux OS? Do I have that right? Looks like it could even deal with a Mac OSX machine being on the same network!!!! Awesome!
 
Old 09-21-2003, 12:14 AM   #4
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More or less, that's what Samba is. It can go as far as totally replacing Windows NT domain controllers, but most people use it for simple file sharing.

Don't be afraid to ask questions, I doubt too many people will get irritated.
 
Old 09-21-2003, 01:27 PM   #5
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RH Ships with SAMBA

Any chance Red Hat will ship with the equivelent of SAMBA?

Any known conflicts between Toshiba notebooks in particular and Red Hat? I have no reason to suspect so, just want to check before I put in my order for Red Hat!
 
Old 09-21-2003, 01:32 PM   #6
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Packages

Here were some of the packages listed as available for RH 9.0. Looks like what I need!


samba
2.2.7a
The Samba SMB server.
samba-client
2.2.7a
Samba (SMB) client programs.
samba-common
2.2.7a
Files used by both Samba servers and clients.
samba-swat
2.2.7a
The Samba SMB server configuration program.
 
Old 09-21-2003, 03:52 PM   #7
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If you go to http://mirrors.kernel.org/redhat/red...9/en/iso/i386/ you can just download the distribution and burn it to a CD. Save yourself the $30 or so. Kinda nice in case you don't like it.

You probably won't need the SRPM discs, just the three i386 discs.

I have an older Toshiba that was happy with RedHat 7.2, I haven't tried anything newer on it. My fairly new HP laptop took RH9 without any complaints.
 
Old 09-21-2003, 04:06 PM   #8
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will do

Will do, thanks! But before I load the CD I'll read the book......!
 
  


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