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Old 06-08-2003, 08:17 PM   #1
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Frustrated newbie....internet sharing problem

Hey everyone. Ever get to that point where you overload your mind and it turns to mush? That's where I am right now.

I got a spare PC and decided I'd give Linux a try on it (Redhat 9). Until I really learn Linux my plan is to have this PC be my firewall/router.

I've gotten the Linux PC up and connected to the Internet....with no big problems. Then I hit a brick wall when I tried to get my other PC (Windows XP) to access the net.

The machines can see each other, can ping each other, but the XP machine is just not getting out.

Can someone help me?? Before I drive myself crazy and totally give up?

At this point I don't really care about sharing files between the 2 PC's, I'd just love to be able to share the internet connection (which is DSL). I do actually have Samba up and running and can access either machine from the other.

Also if anyone could help me via the Gnome GUI, that's even better (I'm a little itimidated by the command prompt)

Thanks in advance

Old 06-08-2003, 08:21 PM   #2
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samba is only for file sharing, you can share your connection using samba. to share the internet you need to run a firewall with masquerading rules.

there are lots of firewall wrappers, nice GUI do a google search for
firestarter or guarddog or fwbuilder and see what you like. personally i like firestarter
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this might help...there are detailed steps for getting internet connection sharing from both sides...
Old 06-09-2003, 09:05 AM   #4
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Thanks I'll definitely try the instructions in that link on my lunch break today!!!!!


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