[RC5] Concerning mothballed equipment

gindrup at okway.okstate.edu gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
Mon Jan 19 17:00:12 EST 1998

     Dumb question:
        How does this method extend to 1 networked (really) machines and 
     n>1 networkless machines?  
        I'm especially interested in PS/2s which, last I checked, are not 
     compatible with Linux because there are no MCA drivers.  (I recall 
     that there was an effort to port Linux to MCA but it never seemed to 
     go anywhere.)  Of course, M$ seems to claim that PS/2s are at least 
     DOS compatible, so Win3.x and Win95 will probably crash about as 
     regularly as on any other hardware.
            -- Eric Gindrup ! gindrup at okway.okstate.edu

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Subject: Re: [RC5] Concerning mothballed equipment 
Author:  <rc5 at llamas.net > at SMTP
Date:    1/19/98 11:10 AM

Rather than requiring people to actually have a modem on their old 
machines, why not just use a null-modem serial cable (a $10 investment 
at your favorite overpriced computer parts store if you don't have one 
already) and transfer blocks back and forth that way.  
If you're running Linux on your primary machine, you could have it 
listening for a login session or PPP session on one of its ports.  Or 
if you're running DOS 6.x or Win95 on it, you could run Interlink. (Or 
Brooklyn Bridge, or any other similar program which allows you
to "remote mount" a drive from another machine).  I'm not sure if 
Interlink completely dominates the machine its running on.  Anyone 
here more knowledgible in this regards?
(Of course, you could wimp out, like I would, and just install Linux on 
the old beast, and PPP between it and another Linux box.  But, you must 
understand, I'm one of the biggest Linux weanies you're likely to meet. 

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