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Re: [SLE] Change from dialup to ADSL
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 17:14:41 -0400
  • Message-id: <427546C1.3050109@xxxxxxxxxx>
John Andersen wrote:
On Sunday 01 May 2005 03:59 am, James Knott wrote:

For completeness sake, I am using 9.0 and may switch to the also
installed 9.2 or a not yet installed 9.3. I am using KDE as my email
client.

Normally, the host name is assigned by the ISP, so you'd want to enable
"Change host name via DHCP". Also becareful with the static address on
eth0. It might conflict with the router.


No, thats just wrong. Your host name should never be assigned by the ISP, and you
want to specifically disable this. Its wrong enough for windows
but its totally wrong for Linux.

Further since he is behind a router and gets his IP from
the router not the ISP, this is completely off base.


When I first replied to that note, I missed the part about the ADSL router. I had assumed he was building a Linux firewall.

That said, the device connected to the ISP, gets it's name from the ISP. This is neccessary, if you want to access your system remotely, using the host name, as assigned by the ISP. I realize that this won't work well with some ISP's who derive the host name from the IP. With my ISP, the host name is derived from the computer & modem MAC addresses and is static (my IP is virtually static). Of course, any computer behind the firewall/router gets a locally assigned host name.

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