Summary

Linux's development has been inextricably tied to the Internet. Without the Internet, the many individuals who have contributed to Linux would find it difficult to collaborate. It's therefore appropriate that Linux's support for networking hardware is excellent. This is particularly true in the realm of the most popular networking technology for x86 computers: Ethernet. Ethernet comes in many forms, most of which are very similar at the level of the TCP/IP stack and even at the driver level. Linux therefore doesn't need to know anything about the non-NIC Ethernet peripherals you buy, such as hubs and switches. You do, however, have to tell Linux a little about the logical structure of your network, in terms of routes to local computers, and a route to the gateway you use to communicate with the rest of the Internet. You should consult your network administrator to obtain this information. If you're setting up your own network, you should read appropriate Linux HOWTO documents or a good book on Linux networking.

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