Add Red Hat Linux 7 to Your Windows Desktop In a Weekend

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Overview

Are you curious about Linux but think you need to be a computer guru to dabble in this new system? Now you can find out how easy it is to get started with the hottest Linux operating system. From the comfort of your home explore how to install Red Hat Linux, configure your computer to boot to Linux and Windows, and get a look at the two desktops that come with Red Hat Linux, GNOME and KDE. After you're familiar with all those tasks, you'll discover how to add extras to Red Hat Linux.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761528517
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: In a Weekend Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xx
Friday Evening: Getting the PC Ready 1
Assessing System Capability 4
Gathering Information about Your System 6
Checking Your Device Manager in Windows 6
Checking Your BIOS for Information 10
Checking for Network Information 14
Checking for Hardware Compatibility 16
Resources for Checking Compatibility 17
Red Hat Support 17
Linux Hardware Database 18
Hardware Supported by Red Hat 21
Video Card 22
Memory (RAM) 23
Monitor 23
Hard Drive 24
Ethernet Card 24
Sound Card 25
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM 26
Zip/Jaz Drive 27
Tape Drive 27
Modem 27
Printer 28
Mouse 28
Keyboard 29
Notebook Computers 29
SCSI Adapters 30
Backing Up Your Old Data 30
Making Room for Multiple Operating Systems 36
Why Partition? 37
PartitionMagic 5.0 39
When to Use fdisk 40
What's Next? 44
Saturday Morning: Installing Red Hat Linux 7 45
Starting the Red Hat Installer 48
Creating a Boot Disk 49
Procedure 50
Navigating the Installer 50
Running Your Installation 52
Determining Language, Keyboard, and Mouse Settings 53
Choosing Installation Class 56
Selecting Your Partition Options 59
Networking Your Computer 64
Setting the Time Zone 66
Configuring Your Accounts 67
Selecting Package Groups 68
Configuring the X Window System 70
Finishing the Installation 72
Other Installation Concerns 77
Text Installation 77
Configuring LILO 78
Dual Booting Explained 78
How to Dual Boot with Windows 95/98 78
How to Dual Boot with Windows NT 79
Conclusion 80
Saturday Afternoon: Initial Configuration Issues 81
Seek Out and Explore Strange New Desktops 83
Exploring Gnome 84
Understanding Desktop Elements 84
Starting Programs from the Main Menu Button 86
Using Buttons, Menus, and Dialog Boxes 88
Exploring KDE 90
Understanding Desktop Elements 91
Starting Programs from the Application Starter 93
What Is X? 93
Using Xconfigurator 97
Starting Up the xf86config Tool 106
Configuring the Mouse 107
Configuring the Keyboard 108
Configuring the Monitor 109
Configuring the Graphics Card 112
Using the Control Panel 114
Configuring the Keyboard 115
Configuring the Mouse 116
Property Logging Out of X 116
Choosing a Desktop Environment 117
Login Options 118
Switching Desktop Environments 119
Failsafe 121
Configuring Your Desktop 122
Menu Customization 122
Desktop Icons 124
Panel Icons 125
Desktop Themes 126
Changing Themes 126
Getting a New Theme 130
Configuring Your File System 133
Using the Linux File System 133
Functions and Permissions 135
Working with Non-Linux Partitions 139
Conclusion 140
Saturday Evening: Playing Well with Others 141
Setting up Your Internet Account 144
Configure the PPP Dialer 146
Connect to the Internet 155
Networking and IP Addresses 158
Printers 167
Adding a Local Printer 168
Adding a Network Printer 173
Sound 176
Configuring Sound with the sndconfig Utility 177
Applying Sound to Events 182
Plug and Play Using the ISAPNPTOOLS Utility 183
Performing a PnP Dump 184
Editing the isapnp.conf File 185
Conclusion 186
Sunday Morning Adding to Your Linux System 187
Installing Software Packages 190
Understanding Packaging 190
Installing a New Desktop Environment 192
Using the Update Agent 194
Installing Software with Setup 199
Adding New Hardware and Peripherals 204
Adding New Devices 206
Adding External Devices 207
Adding Internal Devices 208
The Kernel Boot Process 209
What Is Auto-Detection? 212
Configuring Your Device 212
Conclusion 213
Sunday Afternoon: Using Some Popular Linux Applications 215
Using X WindowTools 217
Editors 218
Graphics 220
Personal Information Managers 223
Internet Tools 224
Using Netscape Communicator 225
Configuring Netscape Navigator 227
Home Page and Other Easy Stuff 228
Setting Cache Properties 236
Defining Helper Applications 238
Configuring Netscape Messenger 238
Setting up E-Mail 239
Setting up Newsgroups 241
Using StarOffice 5.2 for Linux 243
StarDesktop: A Better Interface 243
StarWriter: A New Way to Write 247
StarCalc: Figure It All Out 249
StarChart: What Those Numbers Mean 252
StarMath: Equation for Success 253
StarBase: Track Your Data 254
StarImpress: Show What You Know 255
StarDraw: Create Works of Art 256
StarMail: Communicate with the World 257
StarDiscussion: Join Online Communities 258
StarSchedule: Keep Your Life in Order 258
Conclusion 259
Sunday Evening: Clean Up Any Messes 261
Installation 263
Boot Issues 265
X, Your Monitor, and Your Video Card 267
Fixing LILO 268
Hardware 268
I Can't Hear You! 269
Making Printers Work 269
Those Touchy USB Devices 270
Software 272
Connecting to the Internet 272
Networking Fixes 274
Getting E-Mail Working 275
Security Alert 276
Conclusion 277
Appendix A The Linux Primer 279
Getting Started: The Login Prompt 280
Getting Familiar with Multi-User Operating Systems 281
Using Virtual Terminals 282
Using the whoami Command 282
Understanding and Using File Permissions 283
Finding Hidden Files 285
Working at the Shell 286
Understanding the Linux Philosophy 287
Piping Input and Output 287
Using Direction and Redirection 287
Common Commands 288
Copying Files: The cp Command 288
Example 1 Copying a File into Another directory 289
Example 2 Copying Multiple Files into Another Directory 290
Moving Files: The mv Command 290
Example 1 Moving a File to Another Directory 291
Example 2 Moving Multiple Files into Another Directory 292
Example 3 Renaming Files with mv 292
Creating Directories: The mkdir Command 293
Example 1 Creating a New Directory 293
Listing and Finding Files with Is 294
Example 1 Listing Files in Your Home Directory 295
Example 2 Listing Hidden Files in a Directory 296
Example 3 Listing All Files ad Their Attributes 296
Making Links 297
Example 1 Creating a symbolic Link to a Directory 298
Moving around the Command Line Interface: cd 298
Example 1 Changing to the Parent Directory of the Current Working Directory 299
Example 2 Changing to a Specific Directory 299
Example 3 Going Home Quickly 300
Example 4 Going Back to the Previous Working Directory 300
Where the Heck Am I? Using pwd 300
Example 1 Using pwd to Find the Present Working directory 301
Mounting Filesystems 301
Example 1 Mounting a CD-ROM 304
Example 2 Mounting a Floppy 304
Unmounting Filesystems 305
Example 1 Unmounting the CD-ROM 306
Example 2 Unmounting the Floppy 306
Deleting Files 306
Example 1 Removing a File 307
Example 2 Removing a Directory and All Files under It 308
Example 3 Deleting Multiple Files with Wildcards 309
Example 4 Utter Insanity 309
Viewing and Manipulating Files with cat 310
Example 1 Concatenating a File to the Display 310
Example 2 Redirecting the Output of a Concatenation 311
Viewing Files with less 312
Example 1 Displaying a File with less 313
Viewing Running Processes with ps 313
Example 1 Show User's Current Processes 314
Example 2 Show All Processes 315
Stopping Processes with kill 316
Example 1 Killing an Errant Process 316
Getting Help with the man Command 317
Example 1 Displaying the man Page for cp 318
Directory Structure 319
The / Directory 319
The /bin Directory 320
The /boot Directory 321
The /dev Directory 321
The /etc Directory 323
The /home Directory 324
The /lib Directory 324
The /lost and found Directory 324
The /mnt Directory 325
The /opt Directory 325
The /proc Directory 325
The /root Directory 326
The /sbin Directory 326
The /tmp Directory 326
The /usr Directory 326
The /var Directory 327
Conclusion 327
Appendix B Online Resources 329
Appendix C Hardware Compatibility Journal 333
Index 347
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