On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM, Mateusz Viste <mate...@viste.fr> wrote:
> DHCP separation can be nice, but it has also its downsides.
> It's definitely a nice choice because it makes programs a bit smaller.
> However, a problem might appear in the (unlikely?) situation where a
> user plays with a network-enabled program while his lease expires.

On home routers I've used, you can associate a device with an IP
address and have the router always assign the same one.  You can also
set the time for a lease.

While the above mentioned issue can be irritating, it's easy enough to
work around, and anyone trying to attach a FreeDOS machine to a home
network should be able to do it.  FreeDOS *is* a techie toy, and
making actual use of it requires various sorts of knowledge.

I'm all in favor of separating DHCP from TCP.  The FTP program needs
an IP address.  It should neither know nor care whether it was
assigned by DHCP or is a static address.

The question on the mentioned downside is "How likely is it to
happen?" and the answer is "Not likely enough to justify efforts to
work around it."  If the user gets bit, they can change their router
configuration.   If they don't know how to do that, they are unlikely
to be running FreeDOS in the first place.

> Mateusz

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