1. I used dnsmasq and it worked right out of the gate.
2. I used ip forwarding and masquarading and with a little bit of work it is running now. I am typing this on a Win 2K machine over the network.
I did not need a proxy server since it is a home network and every one can have total access. It's a great thing
My slackbox is up and running as a print, file, internet server and it is nice.
Again many thanks for the tips. It has been around 12 years since I played with Unix on a sun spark IPX and my Unix/Linux file cab. in my head is quite dusty and some of the drawers are rusted shut and need a little oil to get them open.