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acid_kewpie 02-21-2007 03:13 PM

What is, and what is not, a "Networking" question?
In order to help members get better responses to potentially network related questions, here's a brief guide as to what is and is not best posted in the "Linux - Networking" forum here at

Essentially this forum is for questions about networking itself, not questions about applications and services which use networking capabilities. For those familiar with the OSI networking model, we're generally sticking between layers 1 and 4, and maybe a little bit of 5 sometimes.

So please post your questions about issues such as
  • Configuring network interfaces
  • Building firewalls with iptables
  • Adding port forwarding to linux routers
  • Bonding and load balancing interfaces
  • Configuring dialup internet services
  • Setting up [potentially non-linux] dedicated network equipment *

So what doesn't really belong here? Potentially network leaning questions that generally belong the Linux - Server forum, would be things such as:
  • Creating network shares for windows users to connect to with Samba
  • Getting your website running on Apache
  • Troubleshooting a mail server, like Postfix or Sendmail
Of course, if you think that a certain issue you're having with a Server daemon is related to the underlying network, for example, TCP connections timing out despite the daemon running fine, then the Networking forum is still a suitable destination.

Additionally, there are questions best put into Linux - Software, Linux - General, Linux - Desktop etc...
  • Compiling and configuring Gaim, Kopete or other network client software
  • Problems using web browsers like Firefox
  • Making kppp and other dialup management tools work nicely

There's always questions which do blur the boundaries, but hopefully this should give you pointers as to where best put your thread to get the exposure it really deserves.

* well... if anyone's going to know how to configure a Cisco 6509 here, they'll probably be drawn to this forum.

Cyberman 08-15-2007 02:18 AM

What about stuff like remote desktop networking? I know it involves a server, but it also involves networking...

acid_kewpie 08-15-2007 02:52 AM

most things "involve" a network, but something like using remote desktop assumes that the network is there as a given. if it's not there, then you have a networking issue, not a remote desktop issue. Obviously a firewall can alway sbe inbetween to annoy you etc... but either vnc is poorly, or you're router isn't working, not both.

gayanasa 11-20-2007 05:37 AM


i am install fedora 8. but now i can't update fedora. so can i download the anther pc fedora updates writ the cd or usb and how can install my pc. pls help me ..


acid_kewpie 11-20-2007 07:43 AM

yeah that is precisely what is not a networking question... :) please ask again in the linux - newbie forum.

Thread closed due to the number of people asking questions here recently... your question = your thread!

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