So as I lay awake last night I plotted my revenge against the evil Linux !!
Step 1: destroy ! (so I rebuilt it again from floppies)
Then I made sure I installed [dhcpcd] and not [dhcp-client] and that I made the system aware (via apt) of ALL my six CDs and this gave be the right kernel source options along with [ncurses-dev (3/4)] which let make menuconfig work which made life infinitely easier !!
Note to self: use [ENTER] to exit dselect (will double check dependencies), cos I kept using X and losing all changes except default ones.
Note 2: Compile [ide-floppy] in the kernel and NOT as a module !!
Note 3: garentied way to use the find command; cd / ; find | grep 'search string'
Note 4: try plugging the cat 5 cable in the other way round !!
Note 5: expect files on a MSDOS formated disk to have their filenames truncated to 8.3 format
Oh and now everything is running (DNS is not up yet), I even managed to see http://www.google.com homepage via this laptop.
I got the firewall script to run at boot-up, in fact I went one better and got a restricted DHCP only firewall script to run before the DHCPCD cut in and then my complete script afterwards and it only took three large books to get me there :(
The trick (for me and my http://www.debian.org system) was to copy the script files into
and then make sym links to them from
but name the sym links starting with 'S' and then a number (my DHCPCD was S13dhcpcd so I used S12rc.dhcp and S15rc.firewall)('S' is for startup the other 'K' is for kill)
I installed the natsemi driver by compiling it and copying the pci-scan.o and natsemi.o files to /lib/modules/[kernel-version]/net
and then adding the lines
into /etc/modules file
Now I just need to work out what ZOPE is and why it takes so long to start and get the DNS working (name resolution works fine on the firewall)
My bookshelf currently consists of
Plato the Republic (for reading on the train)
Linux Complete (same as what's online but has saved my life a few times)
Red Hat Linux Unleashed (it was free and can give pointers )
Unix Unleashed (where I found DETAILS about the run level directories)
Hacking Linux Exposed (new, very interesting, using it to secure my system)
Linux Socket Programming (never had time to try it, maybe soon)
OK, so its now time to startup the win98 behemoth just so I can upload this flog !!