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Win95 and Linux Faxmodem

Posted on 1997-10-31
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I need to use my faxmodem on my linux server from numerous windows95 clients (as a fax).  Is there any way of setting it up as a network fax so that it can be accessed in Network Neighbourhood?  Allowing win95 to use server's printer would be useful too.
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You can allow linux to share resources like printers with SAMBA. Check out http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/ for full details on this.

In a nutshell, you need to compile and install samba on your machine, and run the smbd and nmbd daemons. SMBD does SMB networking, while NMBD provides a netbios nameserver, as used by Windows networks. This will allow you to set up SMB shared drives and printers. Read 'man smb.conf' to get it going.

As far as the fax server goes, this requires a different package. The one I've heard good things about is the mgetty + sendfax setup. The homepage for this is at:-

http://wais.leo.org/~doering/mgetty/

The Hylafax package http://www.dap.csiro.au/Computing/hylafax/ can also be used for this - there is an article in the November 1997 Linux journal, which tells you how to set this up, but extensive documentation is provided on the website. If you have any trouble/questions, you can mail me as mike@coruscant.demon.co.uk


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