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By yarik ·
I need to set up a small network of about 10 PC. I'd like to set up as a server Linux Red Hat station. All workstations have Win 98/95 running. What problems of compatibility may I face.
Main tasks - Internet connection sharing, mail account sharing firewalling.
May be it's better to use NT 4 Server?

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by McKayTech In reply to Linux + Win 98

If you're just going to be doing file and printer sharing, Linux will work marvelously if you run Samba services. Samba implements SMB protocol so it looks a lot like an NT Server to the workstations. As long as you're not running Microsoft served-based programs (e.g. Exchange), Linux will do everything you need at much less cost and generally better stability.

As far as the Internet sharing and firewall, I would suggest that you run a separate box for that. With a old 486-class machine with 12meg of RAM, 2 NIC cards and no hard drive, you can run LRP software (Linux designed to run from a floppy) and get all the routing and firewall protection you need (including VPN if you like). More info at www.linux-router.org on that.

regards!

paul

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by yarik In reply to Linux + Win 98

Thank you!

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by dhuynh In reply to Linux + Win 98

If you're unfamiliar with Linux, it's probably best to run Windows NT workstation as the server. It cost less, and it allow
up to 10 connections.

Then get AnalogX Proxy and AnalogX PortMapper, both of which are free.

Linus software is free,but your time is NOT.

Danny Huynh

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by yarik In reply to Linux + Win 98

I do know Linux, but not that professionally. I checked AnalogX apps - thanks, they are very usefull.

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