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Old 12-10-2003, 10:33 AM   #1
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need help for setting up linux networking

Hi all,
I have three PCs in my office where recently I have installed Mandrake 9.1 and Red Hat 8.0 respectively.
Now The situation is, in PC X, I have both Windows 98 and mandrake 9.1 .
In PC Y I have RedHat 8.0 . There are three users , who work on these two PCs rotationally. PC X has a cd writer. PC Z has Windows 98 and has a plotter connected.

Now what I want is

1. User A, B, C should be able to share files from X to Y and Y to X and make changes ( all files, not only their respective home directories).

2. Users working on Y should be able to write cds using the cd writer connected to X ( in both cases when X is running Win98 and ManDrake 9.1).

3. All the users of X and Y should be able to print directly to the plotter connected to Z(win98).

I am a novice in Linux , but knows basic networking things.
I will be ever thankful to you for suggesting how I can do these three things.

Thanks very much in advance .
Old 12-10-2003, 11:48 AM   #2
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for file sharing look into samba here

as far as making changes that all depends on file types. i say that because i notice there is a plotter involved which leads me to believe that there may some type of cad files involved. if that is the case, you may have to look into wine here

for compatibilty with your windows programs.
if you provide a little more information i.e. what types of files, from win to lin and vice/versa etc.
i may be able to help you more. hope that gets you started.
good luck.
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For sharing CD writing if running linux on the writer PC:

Basically you copy the files to the PC with the writer and then you burn the CD using cdrecord. You can not burn files directly from a network PC (AFIK).
However, I do not know of a similar app for windows. You can use packet writing like DirectCD but not for regular CDs.

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