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By jhenton ·
I currently am running 2 XP machines behine a linksys broadband router. I would like to add red had linux for my third machine.

If I do this will I be able to share files and printers like I can do with my XP machines?

Is it true that I can run the linux box without a monitor by using x-windows ?

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by johnj In reply to adding linux box to lan.

Yes and no. You can share files and printers with Windows boxes by installing the most recent version of Samba on your Red Hat box. Red Hat comes with Samba, but not the most recent one, v. 3.0. Download Samba from www.samba.org as a Red Hat rpm. It will take some tweaking to get Samba to work effectively, but once set up, it works very well. If your usernames and passwords are the same on the Linux and Windows boxes, life will be easier.
X-windows is the principal graphical user interface for Linux and Unix. Other GUIs like Gnome and KDE depend on X. If your only intention to use the Linux box as a file server, then yes, you can run it without a monitor. But to set it up or to use it as a workstation, a monitor is essential.
If you have any questions, let me know.

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by peeyush_maurya In reply to adding linux box to lan.

Q1. : I currently am running 2 XP machines behine a linksys broadband router. I would like to add red had linux for my third machine.
A1. : No problem in adding RHL machineon ur network

Q2. : will I be able to share files and printers like I can do with my XP machines?
A2. : yes u can. Configure ur samba for sharing... as told by john...

Q3. : Is it true that I can run the linux box without a monitor by using x-windows ?
A3. : yes, use VNC (incuded in linux and avaiable free for windows). with VNC u can use linux on ur both XP machine or if u want u can use windows XP on linux by using rdesktop or VNC.

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