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Installing Debian GNU/Linux

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Installing Debian GNU/Linux covers only the topics necessary to get the OS up and running. Debian GNU/Linux is the most difficult distribution to get operational. This text makes the process as painless as possible. This product is for Linux enthusiasts or experienced Unix users who would like to purchase the distribution and the documentation required to configure the OS. Topics covered include hardware requirements, partitioning, troubleshooting, selecting packages, setting up...
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Overview

Installing Debian GNU/Linux covers only the topics necessary to get the OS up and running. Debian GNU/Linux is the most difficult distribution to get operational. This text makes the process as painless as possible. This product is for Linux enthusiasts or experienced Unix users who would like to purchase the distribution and the documentation required to configure the OS. Topics covered include hardware requirements, partitioning, troubleshooting, selecting packages, setting up a GUI, and networking.
  • Assists in the installation and configuration of Debian GNU/Linux enabling a quick and painless process
  • Provides documentation for one of the most difficult distributions of Linux to install
  • CD-ROM contains Debian 2.1 and Partition MagicM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672317453
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 12/10/1999
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Debian 1
Why Use Debian? 1
The Main Competition 4
A Little Debian/Linux History 5
Licensed to Be Free 7
Debian Today 10
Summary 10
2 Getting Ready-Hardware 11
The Base System 12
Linux on the Move 14
Other Architectures 14
Memory and Disk 16
CD-ROM Drives 17
DVD-ROMs 17
CD Writers 17
Other Expansion Devices 18
Graphics Cards 21
SCSI Controllers 21
Ethernet Adapters 22
Sound Cards 22
Modems 22
Scanners 23
Interfaces of the Future 24
USB 24
IrDA 25
Firewire (IEEE 1394) 25
Summary 25
3 Getting Ready-Disk Space 27
Introduction to Disks 28
Types of Disk Partition 29
Geometric Concerns 30
Room to Breathe 32
Swap Space 32
The Virtual File System 33
The Debian Directory Hierarchy 33
Arranging Linux Partitions 35
Making Space for the Debian System 36
FIPS 37
PartitionMagic 37
Creating New Partitions 38
Using cfdisk 38
Summary 42
4 A Basic Installation 43
Installation Media 43
Debian for Other Architectures 44
The First Boot 44
Booting from Floppies 45
Linux Start-Up 46
Filling in the Installation Data 48
Kernel Installation 50
Initial Configuration of the Kernel 51
Getting Connected 52
The Base System Installation 54
Preparing to Reboot 55
After You Reboot 55
What's Next 57
Switching Off 58
Installation Troubleshooting 59
Boot Parameters 59
Boot Image Problems 59
The Worst Case: Linux Won't Boot 59
Summary 60
5 Making Your Selection 61
What Is a Package? 61
Debian Archives 62
Sub-Distributions 63
Joining the Arms Trade? 64
The Package-Management Programs 65
Starting the Package Manager 66
Setting Up Your Package Sources 67
Installing from CD-ROM 67
Installing Over a Network 68
Updating and Installing Debian 69
The Selection System 70
Handling Dependencies 71
Upgrading Your System 72
Taking the Direct Approach 73
Installing Non-Debian Software 74
Tar Archives 74
Installing from Source Code 75
Summary 76
6 The First Steps in Debian 77
A Word About Configuration Files 77
Setting Up a Graphical User Interface 80
Installing the X Window System 81
Configuring the X Server 82
Starting an X Session 85
Setting Up an X Session Seript 86
Desktop Environments 87
GNOME 88
KDE 89
Setting Up a Graphical Login Screen 91
Managing User Accounts 91
File Ownership and Permissions 93
Printing-A UNIX Approach 95
Setting Up a Print System 96
Summary 97
7 A Tour of the Packages 99
Package Classification 100
Text Editors 101
Internet Applications 102
Web Browsers 103
Electronic Mail Clients 104
Productivity Applications 107
Word Processing 107
Text Formatting Languages 108
Spreadsheets 109
Graphics Packages 110
Internet Services 111
Programming Tools 112
The C Compiler 113
Code Libraries and Headers 113
Interpreted Languages 115
Other Programming Tools 115
Java 115
Summary 116
8 Advanced Configuration 117
The Initialization Scripts 117
Configuring a PPP Network Connection 120
Configuring Name Services 122
Activating the Connection 123
Other Home Internet Solutions 124
Handling Electronic Mail 125
Outgoing Mail 125
Incoming Mail 127
Mail Filtering 128
Managing File Systems 128
Summary 130
9 Life On a Network 131
Private Network Addresses 131
Internet Servers 132
Logging On 133
Secure Remote Logins 133
Transferring Files 134
The Network File System (NFS) 134
Sharing Files with Windows Machines 136
Sharing a Printer 136
Sharing an Internet Connection 137
Security Issues (or The Paranoid Bit) 139
Summary 140
10 Exploring the X Window System 141
X on Display 141
Extra X 143
Remote Display Management 144
Customizing Your Menus 145
User Interface Toolkits 147
Themes 149
The Future 151
Summary 151
11 And Finally-Welcome to the Community 153
Debian Resources 154
The GNU/Linux Community on the Internet 154
Reporting a Bug 157
Making a Contribution 159
And Finally 159
Appendix A Kernel Management 161
Installing a Kernel Package 161
Doing It Yourself 163
Kernel Prerequisites 163
Configuring the Kernel 164
Making a Kernel Package 165
Index 167
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