First off I should say that I am a total Linux and Networking Noob. I have used Windows all my life, but I am now trying to get into linux so I have set up an old PC with Fedora.
Currently I only have the Linux Box and a Windows 7 Box and they are both connected to my broadband router. I have set them up with static IP addresses in the router and they can both ping each other by IP address but not hostname. I would like to be able to use hostnames to access each box (e.g. for SSH access and File Sharing). My question is basically how can I do this, what are the options and which is recommended for a small home network?
So far I have been able to set up the linux box to be able to ping the Windows box by hostname by editing the hosts file. Is this the right thing to do? Should I just do this on the Windows box too?