Since posting this, I've got the wireless running and now have a nice 'net connected laptop. For some reason, it does not connect properly when it boots. I learned how to use the ifconfig, ifdown, and ifup commands. I still type in an ifdown and ifup command manually, since I still haven't figured out why it fails.
I have yet to get the two machines talking to each other. It seems it should be simple to use fixed local ip addresses on an ethernet wire between them. Perhaps I need a web server running on both machines to get them to respond to a ping? But I thought Linux machines were supposed to talk to each other without added applications. Perhaps I just need to use some net testing commands.
Instead of a second Ubuntu installation on my main computer, I am now using Ubuntu 7.10 on am IBM Thinkpad laptop I acquired. So far I installed it and it seems to run fine, but it won't connect to the internet through its wireless interface until I get the right device driver installed for it.
Although I will probably install the wireless feature at some point, I got to thinking that there is a better way. If I install a gateway in my main computer, I can use the laptop via a remote window on the main computer, and still forward the internet to the laptop. That requires some network setup that I will have to learn about, so stay tuned for my experience with it.
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SonLight on Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:51 am