Kudos and thanks to everybody who invested their time and effort into the release of VL-SOHO 5.9!!
However, there is something that I can't get to work right - VASM, and in particular, the section where one assigns "inet*" to "eth*".
The problem in my case is that my computer has 2 interfaces - one is a built-in on the motherboard, the second is a PCI card. I cannot recall the name of the 1-st one, the 2-nd one is Realtek-something. As it happens, I have a dual-boot with WIN-XP, and there, in Windows, the system uses the Realtek interface as default. Obviously I hate the idea of reconnecting the cable each time I switch between the two systems.
Now when VL-SOHO assigns names to the interfaces, it calls the built-in interface "eth0" and the Realtek interface "eth1". Then it activates "inet1", links it to "eth0", and expects me to configure the network with these default values. Obviously, nothing good happens, since the cable is connected to "eth1", so the default configuration must be changed.
Well, I open VASM (as root), stop the network and go to the point "change an inet". There I link "inet1" to "eth1", answer the necessary questions about the IP address and NetMask, and wait until the system accepts the new values. Then I try to restart the network, but...
....the dialog window in VASM shows me the "inet1" without any associated interface name and without any IP, netmask or gateway. I still click on it, but naturally the network remains dead.
Go back to default configuration for simple computer...This links again "inet0" and "eth0", asks the questions about IP, netmask, asks also the question about default gateway. Then I wait until the system accepts the values, and start the network.
Well, now go to /etc/rc.d/and look at "rc.inet1" and "rc.inet2". Ho-ho, the latter file has 0 length. VASM had not accepted the "eth1" values and had only created a placeholder.
To make the long story short, I tried to change parameters for "inet1" and "inet2", and each time when I used the "change an inet" menu item, I got the "rc.inet*" descriptor files of length=0. However, when I used the menu item for simple configuration of a standard computer, I got normal descriptor file for "inet1".
Finally I just copied the "rc.inet1" descriptor to "rc.inet2", edited it by hand, started the network, and from now on my Internet connection works.
But unfortunately I know that VASM will be of little help if I will need to change this "inet*". And still, maybe I was doing something wrong?
With best wishes