Basic Linux Training
Lesson 15: Linux Telecommunications and Networking
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Note: This lesson is extremely short. Most of you are not going to need this information immediately. Just read through the first four online URLs, and be aware that there is much more information readily available online if you ever need it.
With TCP/IP, the Unix-exclusive aspect was eliminated - any machine could connect with any other machine, regardless of hardware or operating system. Without TCP/IP the Internet would be closed to millions of users using different platforms.
Ethernets are not terribly expensive or difficult to set up for home users: a network card for each computer you want to connect, and an extra one to make the connection to the Internet, some cable and connectors; a little reading, a little work, a little tinkering with the scripts, and a lot of patience and you'll be finished quickly and cleanly.
Seyon and minicom provide you will powerful tools for making the connection over a telephone line, and the terminal emulation facilities in seyon are very impressive. You're not restricted to the Internet, you can connect to any computer with a modem and use the telephone. Or you might consider starting a bbs (Bulletin Board Service) or a freenet.
Textbook: A Practical Guide to Linux
(These should be all you will need, and are all that is required for this course.)
However, if you are setting up a network for your business, or want to put a server on the Internet, you'll have to do a lot more reading. (These are not required for this course. Just be aware that a sysadmin does have to know this stuff.)
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