Install, Configure, and Customize Red Hat Linux 6.x

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Written by an experienced Linux administrator, Install, Configure, and Customize Red Hat Linux 6 provides the advice you need for working through the trouble spots you might run into when setting up Red Hat Linux. With step-by-step instructions and a multitude of helpful screen shots, this book takes you through the installation, configuration, and customization process to make Linux work the way you need it to.
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Overview

Written by an experienced Linux administrator, Install, Configure, and Customize Red Hat Linux 6 provides the advice you need for working through the trouble spots you might run into when setting up Red Hat Linux. With step-by-step instructions and a multitude of helpful screen shots, this book takes you through the installation, configuration, and customization process to make Linux work the way you need it to.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761523062
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Linux Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Installing Red Hat 6.1
Chapter 1: Before You Install Red Hat Linux 6.1
Gathering Information about Your System
Checking Your Device Manager in Windows
Checking Your BIOS for Information
Checking for Network Information
Checking for Hardware Compatibility
Resources for Checking Compatibility
Hardware Supported by Red Hat
Backing Up Your Old Data
To Dual Boot or Not to Dual Boot—That Is the Question
Making Room for Multiple Operating Systems
Partitions Required by Linux during Installation
Conclusion
Chapter 2: Installing Red Hat Linux 6.1
Starting the Red Hat Installer
Creating a Boot Disk
Navigating the Installer
Running Your Installation
Determining Language, Keyboard, and Mouse Settings
Choosing Installation Class
Selecting Your Partition Options
Networking Your Computer
Setting the Time Zone
Configuring Your Accounts
Configuring the X Window System
Finishing the Installation
Other Installation Concerns
Text Installation
Installing Software Packages
Configuring LILO
Conclusion
Part II: Configuring Red Hat 6.1
Chapter 3: Configuring the X Window System
What Is X?
Using Xconfigurator
Starting Up the xf86config Tool
Configuring the Mouse
Configuring the Keyboard
Configuring the Monitor
Configuring the Graphics Card
Using the Control Panel
Configuring the Keyboard
Configuring the Mouse
Properly Logging Out of X
Conclusion
Chapter 4: Configuring Your Environment
Choosing a Desktop Manager
Login Options
Switching Desktop Environments
Failsafe
X Tools
Graphics
Personal Information Managers
Internet Tools
Configuring Your Desktop
Menu Customization
Desktop Icons
Panel Icons
Conclusion
Chapter 5: Configuring Internet Services
Setting Up Your Internet Account
Configuring the PPP Dialer
Connecting to the Internet
Using Netscape Communicator
Configuring Netscape Navigator
Configuring Netscape Messenger
Conclusion
Chapter 6: Configuring a Network Connection
Networking Settings during Installation
Stars, Cards, Cables, and Hubs—A Few of My Favorite Things
Network Interface Cards or Ethernet Cards
Hubs
Switches
Cables
A Bit of Background
Networking and IP Addresses
Command Line Tools
Problem Cards and Plug and Play
Multiple Networking Cards
NAT or IP Masquerading
A Proxy Server Named squid
Conclusion
Chapter 7: Configuring Printers, Sound, and Other Devices
Printers
Adding a Local Printer
Adding a Network Printer
Sound
Configuring Sound with the sndconfig Utility
Applying Sounds to Events
Plug and Play Using the ISAPNPTOOLS Utility
Performing a PnP Dump
Editing the isapnp.conf File
Working with Non-Linux Partitions
Conclusion
Part III: Customizing Your Red Hat 6.1 System
Chapter 8: Customizing Your File System
Nomenclature
Functions
Permissions
Additional Commands
The chmod Command
The chown Command
The fdisk Command
The mount Command
The umount Command
The File System Configuration File
Disk Geometry
Size Limits
Partition Types and Sizes
LILO
The Map Installer
The Boot Loader
LOADLIN.EXE
Directory Tree
File System Structure
Conclusion
Chapter 9: Customizing Your Desktop's Appearance
Desktop Environments and Window Managers
Understanding X Client Startup Scripts
Changing the Desktop Environment
Changing the Window Manager
Customizing Window Managers
Fonts
Changing the Console Font
Changing Fonts in X
Improving the Appearance of Legacy X Applications
Creating Sound Schemes
Mixing Audio
Associating Sound with KDE Events
Associating Sound with GNOME Events
Associating Sounds with AnotherLevel Events
Conclusion
Chapter 10: Customizing Your Desktop's Usability
Configuring Virtual Desktops
Configuring KDE's Virtual Desktops
Configuring GNOME's Virtual Desktops
Configuring AnotherLevel's Virtual Desktops
Making Drives Easy to Mount
Naming a New Drive
Partitioning a Disk
Mounting the New Partition
Mounting Drives in KDE
Mounting Drives in GNOME
Mounting Drives in AnotherLevel
Improving Red Hat's /etc/fstab
Making Programs Start Automatically
Automatically Starting Programs in KDE
Automatically Starting Programs in GNOME
Automatically Starting Programs in AnotherLevel
Defining File Associations
Defining File Associations in KDE
Defining File Associations in GNOME
Streamlining the Printing Process
Creating New Print Queues with Common Settings
Enabling Drag-and-Drop Printing
Conclusion
Chapter 11: Customizing with New Software
Installing Software Packages
Installing a New Desktop Environment
Using the Update Agent
Installing Software with Setup
Conclusion
Chapter 12: Adding New Hardware
Adding New Devices
Adding External Devices
Adding Internal Devices
The Kernel Boot Process
What Is Auto-Detection?
Configuring Your Devices
Red Hat Utilities
Modems
Using Modules
USB
Troubleshooting
LILO
Configuring Scripts
Startup Scripts
A Note about Plug and Play
Conclusion
Chapter 13: Compiling a Kernel
Why Compile Your Own Kernel?
Advantage 1: Speed
Advantage 2: Stability
Advantage 3: Features
Advantage 4: Your Own Patches
Getting Kernel Sources
Understanding the Kernel Numbering System
Installing Kernel Sources
Patching the Kernel
Retrieving Incremental Upgrade Patches
Retrieving Other Patches
Installing Patches
Configuring the Kernel
Installing the Required Packages
Starting the Configuration Program
Configuration Options
Compiling the Kernel
Installing the Kernel
Modifying LILO
Conclusion
Chapter 14: Troubleshooting
Installation
Alternate Methods of Installation
Memory Concerns
Swap Files and You
Working with LILO
X Issues
Working with fstab
Drive Issues
Getting More Programs
Language Concerns
Play (and Work) Well with Others
Boot Problems
Hardware
Network Hassles
Getting a Noisy PC
Printer Issues
Using the /proc File
Working with Other File Systems
Input Errors
Removable Drive Problems
Networking
Speaking to Another Protocol
Looking for Domains
Dealing with E-Mail
Dual Networking Concerns
Access and Security Issues
Software
Internet Concerns
Managing Your Windows
Productivity Applications
File Management Concerns
Useful Programs
Conclusions
Part IV: Appendixes
Appendix A: The Command Line Interface (CLI) Primer
Getting Started: The Login Prompt
Using Passwords
Creating a New User
Getting Familiar with Multi-User Operating Systems
Using Virtual Terminals
Using the whoami Command
Working at the Shell Prompt
Understanding the Linux "Philosophy"
Piping Input and Output
Using Direction and Redirection
Common Commands
Copying Files: The cp Command
Moving Files: The mv Command
Creating Directories: The mkdir Command
Listing and Finding Files with 1s
Making Links
Moving around at the CLI: cd
Where the Heck Am I? Using pwd
Mounting Filesystems
The umount Command
Deleting Files
Viewing and Manipulating Files with cat
Viewing Files with less
Viewing Running Processes with ps
Stopping Processes with kill
Getting Help with the man Command
Primer Summary
Appendix B: Online Resources
Appendix C: Hardware Compatibility Journal
Index
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