Once I was frustrated enough with online connections to want my own system, I had to settle down for a while and figure out how best to create it. I already had a great Macintosh to work with, and DOS/Windows skills from my job. I wasn't terrified of UNIX, having worked with it for several years off and on, and I worked for a computer books publisher, so at least I knew a few places to look for help.
Since most of my work would be posted to a UNIX server, I decided that I wanted a UNIX box for my livingroom. Since I also do PC database work with Access, Linux seemed like the perfect solution. It's cheap (read: free), can run all of the UNIX software I needed, and I could run Windows on the PC when I wasn't using it for Linux. I talked my business partner, a dedicated Macophile, into the brave new multiplatform world, and we were off. A few weeks later I'd managed to do all that I will now describe - and it works!
That said, please take a quick look at my notes for setting up Linux. Then let's look at the TCP/IP setup of my little network.
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