This is something that I wanted to know
But didn't know what to do:-
what I needed to do, was to get my linux box connected. - to the 'net - via Windows.
To understand why the solution works, it is helpful to know that fundamentally, Windows Internet Connection sharing works as a DHCP server and IP masquerading. This means that the gateway machine is responsible for giving the other machines on the network an IP address and for forwarding the Internet traffic to the appropriate machine.
So, In windowsXP, I opened Start > Settings > Network Connections and right-clicked on my DSL connection and selected Properties. After selecting the Sharing tab, I enabled shared access.
All you have to do on the Linux box is to set the Linux box up as a DHCP client:-
- In Ubuntu, From the bar I selected System > Administration > Networking. I activated the Ethernet Connection and under Properties set the Connection to DHCP.
- In both Redhat and Suse Linux, this is as trivial as selecting the appropriate checkbox in your network settings.
- in Mint, it's Menu >Control Center > Network Connections > Wired > click:- auto eth0 > edit > IPV4 settings > Automatic ( DHCP)