Internet cafe with linux

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Can i set up a network to share an adsl connection with a linux server and XP home clients. Also i have a linksys router could this be used in the arrangement. Does it have to be a particular flavour of linux and what are the steps to actually do it?

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OK … this is a relativily easy setup, unless you need the server to do weird things, ie: Proxy, Firewall etc. FTF, what flavour of linux are you running … it shouldn’t matter much, but sometimes it matters.

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  • R76ijecx
    im new to linus and have been told that mandriva is a good option. can anyone possibly provide the steps required? + the clients will probably have xp home or win 98, is that ok?? also where does the router come in? i have been told that a workgroup with a router and 1round 10 comps is probably inefficient, what if i used xp pro with ICS, wouls that be ok?? hope you can help!
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  • R8escjohn
    I would recommend using SUSE 9 ES for the Linux server box which you can get here: http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=1HYSkGYIYow~ For Content Filtering and Proxing use DansGuardian and Squid and a compleate How-To is here: http://dansguardian.org/downloads/garylamprecht/The_Newbies_guide_to_installing_Suse_9.pdf Good Luck!
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  • Larrythethird
    Sprocket2005 said it right. Unless you need all the traffic going to the internet processed through the linux server, ie if it's a firewall or a proxy, then it's just another PC to the Lynksys router. Assign it an IP address out of the Lynksys DHCP range and setup the users and samba on linux box for the shares. The /etc/samba/smb.conf file is mostly self explanatory. Any version of linux can work for this. You can download the iso for Knoppix, http://www.knoppix.net/, to try out a server that is all on a bootable CD. I believe almost everything you want to do is on the CD.
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  • Hansyin
    If you are not familiar with linux , You can try to use win XP's "Internet connection sharing". It's very easy to setup.
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  • Beelymagee
    If you have an older PC you can spare/sitting around (Pentium 1/100 or better, with 64 Mb RAM, 4 Gb hard drive, 2 network cards), you should check out a Linux Firewall distribution called SMOOTHWALL (http://smoothwall.org) -- it is a very simple, mostly Linux newbie-friendly install -- answer a couple of questions, bang it's done. Sets up a RED (unfriendly, Internet DSL) connection on one network card connected to the Ethernet port of your DSL modem, and a GREEN connection (home network) with a connection to a switch or a hub that everyone else plugs into. It does NAT (Network Address Translation) so you are only using the single IP address assigned to you by your DSL provider and everyone on the GREEN network gets a 192.168.x.x address. I've been running Smoothwall for almost 3 years -- never had any of the Windows XP worms like Blaster, Welchia, etc. Your PCs are not seen on the Internet from other computers. Smoothwall also does Proxy caching (uses Squid) and the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) with Snort. Firewall shows the multiple, unwanted connections, and the IDS shows the attacks against your system. Does all of its own maintenance (logging, etc.) and the best part about it is: it's FREE!! Simply download the CD image (ISO) file from Smoothwall, verify the MD5SUM signature, use your CD burning program to burn a disk image file, load in your old PC, boot, answer a few questions -- your golden! Smoothwall rocks. -*-Bill
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