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Old 06-29-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
Reena Gupta
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Post Connect to XP with Fedora core 4


My Name is Reena and I am new to linux. I received CD for Fedora core 4 which I downloaded to one of my PC. My other PC has Windows XP. I would like to connect both PC together so that I can share information between the PC's.

In Trying to accomplishing this task, I bought linksys router and connected both PC to it. Both PC ping each other fine but still I am not able to telnet from one PC to other. My first question is that what do I need to connect Fedora core 4 to XP. I would like to create LAN kind of network and have access to both PC if possible. I would welcome any suggestion anyone have.

second question I have is I have a really old PC. It has really less space and memory. It used to have windows 95 on it. Right now there is nothing on the PC just half heared versions of linux. I tried Fedora core 4 and red hat versions but they are too big for that PC. Which one is really basic linux is that can be used? Also is there a possiblity that I can connect that PC with my other two PC's and share information among them.

Old 06-29-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to these forums Reena

You should enable Samba server in linux machine so they can change files and stuff. Check out for tutorials for that, this page díd have some info about it.

For the older machine I'd recommend some more basic distro which let's you choose more precisely what to install like Slackware or more so DSL (Damn Small Linux).
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I have installed Fedora Core 3 on Pentium 200 MHz computers. It will run in 96 MB of RAM, but there's an awful lot of swapping, so I'd say 128 MB is a practical minimum. There are Linux compatible IDE controller cards that solve any BIOS problems with too big disks. Pentium 233 MHz CPUs, sticks of 128 MB RAM, and IDE controllers are common on internet auction sites.

For well under $30 and a spare hard drive, you could easily convert your old PC into a SAMBA file server. Once it is working, it would appear to your XP computer to be an extra disk drive. To do a similar thing in Linux, you will want to study the mount command. Old PCs consume less electricity (just look at the heatsinks) and if all it is doing is serving files, it really doesn't need much CPU power. A separate file server is more secure than sharing files directly from a client PC, especially one running Windows.

Rather than keep my MP3 collection on individual computers, I keep it on my file server where any PC on my home network can play it. It's better than the landfill....


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