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So, you've just purchased or downloaded the latest version of Red Hat Linux and need to get it up and running on your computer. Ease the transition to Red Hat Linux with step-by-step instruction and plenty of screenshots to guide you through each component of the Red Hat operating system. This updated and expanded edition covers topics such as running the installation, configuring the X Window System, customizing your desktop, and dealing with the kernel, making this a must-have...
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SHRINKWRAPPED: DESCRIPTIO: 432 Pages: Premier Press; Book & 2 CD edition (October 5, 2000) : The new kernel is big news in the Linux community. Although these revisions to the ... operating system have helped to make Linux more approachable to the masses, there are still unanswered questions. Written by an experienced Linux administrator, Install, Configure, and Customize Red Hat Linux X provides you with advice to help you work through trouble spots that this flavor of Linux is known for. Step-by-step, using 200 screenshots, this book takes you through installing and configuring Linux and then shows you how to customize Linux to suit your needs. This beginning through intermediate book is for users who have just downloaded or purchased Red Hat Linux. You don’t necessarily need to be new to Linux, but find the need for some expert instruction on deciphering Red Hat Linux. Read more Show Less

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Overview

So, you've just purchased or downloaded the latest version of Red Hat Linux and need to get it up and running on your computer. Ease the transition to Red Hat Linux with step-by-step instruction and plenty of screenshots to guide you through each component of the Red Hat operating system. This updated and expanded edition covers topics such as running the installation, configuring the X Window System, customizing your desktop, and dealing with the kernel, making this a must-have reference for any Linux enthusiast.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761531500
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2000
  • Series: Linux Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Installing Red Hat Linux 7
Chapter 1: Before You Install Red Hat Linux 7
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
Hard Drive
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 7
Starting the Red Hat Installer
Creating a Boot Disk
Navigating the Installer
Running Your Installation
Determining Language, Keyboard, and Mouse Settings
Choosing the Installation Class
Selecting Your Partition Options
Networking Your Computer
Setting the Time Zone
Configuring Your Accounts
Selecting Package Groups
Configuring the X Window System
Finishing the Installation
Other Installation Concerns
Text Installation
Configuring LILO
Conclusion
Part II: Configuring Red Hat Linux 7
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 Environment
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
Connect 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
Open The History Books
Networking and IP Addresses
Network Configuration
Changing Your Network Configuration
Command-Line Tools
Getting Help with Control-Line Commands
Using iconfig to Check Your NIC Configuration
Using netstat —i to Research the Network
Using route to Trace the Path of Your Connection
Using traceroute to Trace Your Connection
Using ping to Test Your Connection
Problem Cards and Plug and Play
Problems with Plug and Play
Other Problem Cards
Multiple Networking Cards
Configuring the Computers on Your LAN to Use a Single IP Address
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 Linux 7 System
Chapter 8: Customizing Your Desktop's Appearance
Desktop Environments and Window Managers
Understanding X Client Startup Scripts
Changing the Desktop Environment
Changing the Default Desktop Environment
Changing a Single User's Desktop Environment
Changing the Window Manager
Changing GNOME's Window Manager
Changing KDE's Window Manager
Customizing Window Managers
Customizing Sawfish
Customizing kwm
Customizing twm
Fonts
Changing the Console Font
Changing Fonts in X
Adding Fonts to X
Improving the Appearance of Legacy X Applications
Replacing Older Applications
Manually Customizing Older Applications
Conclusion
Chapter 9: Customizing Your Desktop's Usability
Configuring Virtual Desktops
Configuring KDE's Virtual Desktops
Configuring GNOME's Virtual Desktops
Making Drives Easy to Mount
Determining the Device Name
Partitioning a Disk
Mounting the New Partition
Mounting Drives in KDE
Mounting Drives in GNOME
Improving Red Hat's /etc/fstab
Making Programs Start Automatically
Automatically Starting Programs in KDE
Automatically Starting Programs in GNOME
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 10: Installing Software
Installing Software Packages
Installing a New Desktop Environment
Using the Update Agent
Installing Software with Setup
Conclusion
Chapter 11: 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
USB
Configuring a USB Mouse
Configuring a USB Keyboard
Configuring a USB Printer
Troubleshooting
LILO
Configuration Scripts
Startup Scripts
A Note about Plug and Play
Conclusion
Chapter 12: Compiling a Kernel
The Advantages of Compiling Your Own Kernel
Compiling the Kernel: An Overview
Obtaining the Kernel Source
Installing the Kernel Source
Patching the Kernel
Configuring the Kernel
Compiling the Kernel
Installing the Kernel
Conclusion
Chapter 13: Troubleshooting
Installation
Boot Problems
Hardware
Networking
Software
Working with Other File Systems
Useful Programs
Conclusion
Part IV: Appendixes
Appendix A: The Linux Primer
Getting Started: The Login Prompt
Getting Familiar with Multi-User Operating Systems
Working at the Shell
Understanding the Linux Philosophy: Piping and Redirecting
Common Commands
Directory Structure
Conclusion
Appendix B: Online Resources
Appendix C: Hardware Compatibility Journal
Appendix D: Advanced Configuration Reference
The File System Configuration File (/etc/fstab)
Disk Geometry
Size Limits
LILO
Viewing File-System Information
File System Structure: A Tour
Index
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