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Old 12-29-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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How can I setup a simple linux network of 2 computers with ethernet?

I am new to Linux (I have installed a few systems and I am comfortable with the command line and I do a little C programming also). I thought I would get that out of the way, because I think my question still belongs here in Newbie.

I have very little networking experience and I have never networked 2 computers using linux.

I would like to make a workstation and server, 2 computer setup. The workstation is a laptop and the server is a desktop computer.
The desktop is connected to the Internet and has 2 ethernet controllers. The laptop of course has 1. I would like to make an ethernet connection from the laptop to the server, so I can access resources. The resources on the server will be mainly a large repository of files. Also very important, I would like to run some time of cvs or git on the server.

Linux has lot's of distributions with lot's of options. Where should I start? I will try any distro you guys might suggest, but I am preferring a very lightweight server and workstation and of course, once I have that, what do I do?
Old 12-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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How is your desktop computer connected to the internet? A common configuration for residential connection is to have a router, either your own or one provided by your ISP, that is connected between your computer and the internet. Usually the router will have multiple ports, and frequently provides a WiFi connection as well. Most laptops have both wired and wireless network interfaces.

If you have such a router, then you can just plug each computer into a port on the router with a CAT 5 or 6 cable. Or if the router supports a wireless connection, the laptop can also connect wirelessly. Either way, they'll be in the same network unless you've altered the default router configuration.

If you don't have a router with available ports or WiFi capability, then you can usually add one in between your computers and whatever device your ISP provides to connect you to the internet.

I presume your desktop and laptop both currently run Windows. How does your laptop connect to the internet now?
Old 12-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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This thread appears to be a near duplicate of your other thread in the Networking forum, ...
Can someone confirm this network setup for me?

Posting the same question in multiple forums is contrary to the forum rules.

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