I decided to do a `network' install, which allows the CF-A44 to access the DVD in my desktop machine. The CF-A44 will need a network card. I inserted an Accton EN-2216-2 PCMCIA Ethernet card into the CF-A44's Ethernet port. To the best of my knowledge, the CF-A44 cannot use 32-bit Cardbus cards. You must use the old-style 16-bit PCMCIA cards. 16-bit cards do not have a `goldstrip' along their insertion edge, unlike Cardbus.
It is easiest to turn off the NFS server's firewall when using the machine as a server. No doubt, there is a way to configure the firewall to let the NFS server receive NFS client requests, but I do not know how to do that yet! The problem is that NFS chooses random (that's right, random!) ports to receive and send information. There is a way to tell NFS to choose non-random ports, but I could not figure that out.