To save me some typing, you can find a little history here, including my learning curve.

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=200855

In short, I want to have an Ubunutu Dapper server that will eventually run ftp, file server, print server, dns, dhcp.

Right now, it will do dhcp as long as my linksys router isn't in the mix. It will not server dhcp thru the router however. I'm sure that's a router setting, and I will find it later.

What IS working right now is dhcp. DNS will NOT work. If I ssh into the server and type 'ping kidsputer' it comes back 'unknown host'. But kidsputer is getting it's ip from the server.

Any guidance is appreciated.