My apologies in advance if I start ranting again. I am really frustrated here. I have been fart arsing around with Linux for two years now. But the one thing I have never achieved is to share a dial up connection with a couple of other computers.
All I want to do on my SuSe 9.3 box is to share the dial up connection to my ISP with two other PCs in my house.
Kinternet sets up the dial up modem nicely. No problems there. There are a couple of NICs and these are configured as well. Both work, both can be 'seen' from the other PCs.
So, in accordance with the book, I seem to have the prerequisites, i.e.configured multiple interfaces (modem, ethernet card etc).
Next, the book says to configure the firewall and set masquerading. I have tried all the "zones" and hammered the keyboard 'til my fingers started bleeding (OK I'm exagerating a little)
But no matter what, when I get to the masquerading part in the firewall part of Yast, zilch. nada. nothing. The frigging thing is grayed out.
What is it with Linux, and especially Suse? Everything else works great. So why make an everyday task like sharing an internet connection so complex? The Mac and WinXP doesn't make me go crazy when I a want to create an ICS gateway!
Novell support has been no help at all. Apparently this is beyond the normal support I am entitled to for buying their package. Bastards! Which, incidentally, is the same excuse I got from Mandrake when I had similar hassles with Mdk 9.x
I would really be grateful for a simple, practical instruction that doesn't require me to read 600 pages that only confuse.
Any help out there?
TIA. I feel much better now