I need some serious basic instruction on how to get a network working. It's a bit complicated, but I can live with a partial
solution if I must. I've been told that it is easier to run the network from Linux, so I'll expect to do that. Here's what I
have: Three computers. One is dedicated to Win 7 and has two printers physically connected to it. One is dedicated to
PCLOS, and has nothing connected to it. One is a laptop, and usually runs in Linux, but also can boot into XP.
(The dedicated Linux machine can also dual-boot into XP,) The dedicated Win 7 machine can dual-boot into Linux, but
that's basically for sandboxing--if I screw up the Linux system there, I can just reinstall it and not care. All these
machines are hard-wired thru a Linksys wireless router. When all is working, I'd like to be able to run the laptop
wirelessly on occasion, but not all the time.
What I wish to do is share and copy files between any two machines, and print to either of the two printers which are physically
connected to the Win 7 machine. The printers do not have wireless inputs.
I really have no idea how to set this up. I did get the XP system on the laptop to think it was ready to network, but I can't
get to it from Win 7--Microsoft doesn't even seem to want to talk to itself! Googling says that MS did some nasties with
the Win 7 networking stuff, so it only basically wants to talk to other Win 7 machines.
If there is any written material that I might understand (!) please direct me to it, or if you know how to do this and
have an extra half hour or so to write it up in words of (almost) one syllable, I'd appreciate it!