why did linux take over the network

I got linux on a wide area network that is novell. for some reason it took the whole network down at school. The network adminstrator said it tried to take the ip address away from the gateway router. does any one know why it would try to steel an address because the ip address I was useing was hard coded or static that my adminstrator gave me and it souldn't have done that???????
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jhanceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
My guess is that you configured it incorrectly or the network admin gave you bad address information.

A Linux box is no more able to bring down a network that any other network capable computer like a Windows PC or a MAC.  I'd also suggest that the network administrator said that it was the linux box's fault was due to his own ignorance and trying to scare you into stopping whatever it is you are doing that he doesn't like.

You should be given at least three setup items to put your box on the network:

1) An IP address
2) An IP mask
3) A gateway address.

You might also get one or more DNS server addresses.  Linux is fully capable of taking all these things and being easily and correctly setup.  Some sites may also use DHCP and again, Linux is fully capable of being a DHCP client and getting it's address from your network's DHCP server.  One thing you might want to be sure you don't do it setup your linux box as a DHCP SERVER.  This might cause havoc on your network as your box would be handing out IP addresses instead of the right server.
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dlm1013Author Commented:
Love the answer, But also he did give me a ip address and he also gave me the address for the default gateway. and i did a winipcfg on my linux box and got the address of my DNS server. when i install linux i did do the custom install
so i could put the information in. alo the troulble didn't seem to start until i enable ipx. ??????//
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jhanceCommented:
How did you run WINIPCFG on your linux box?  That's a Windows 95 utility.

IPX on Linux shouldn't cause a problem either, especially for the TCPIP gateway.  Be sure you read over one of the HOWTO documents on IPX to make sure that you've got it setup correctly.

There is more than one way to do Novell and you may not need IPX at all to accomplish what you need on your network.  
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