Installing Red Hat Linux 7

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Overview

Installing Red Hat Linux 7 covers only the topics necessary to get the OS up and running. By utilizing the information in this text, you will be able to prevent surprises during the installation of this powerful operating system. This product is for Linux enthustiasts or experienced Unix users who would like to purchase the distribution and the documentation required to configure the OS and who already have a general understanding of Linux. Topics covered include new features of Red Hat 7, RPMs, choosing packages, installing KDE or GNOME, Internet configuration, system configuration, and X Windows.
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Provides information needed to get a Red Hat Linux 7 system up and running, giving tips on hardware requirements, partitioning for multiple operating systems, installation for basic or advanced systems, managing X, configuring modems and printers, and networking. The author is president of a company specializing in migrating COBOL applications to Linux systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672318269
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 10/27/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Red Hat Linux 1
Why Red Hat? 3
Linux and Other Free UNIX-Like Systems 4
Where Does Linux Fit In? 4
Free Versions of BSD UNIX Available Today 5
Free Versions of Commercial UNIX Systems 5
Comparing Different Linux Distributions 5
Caldera OpenLinux 6
Corel Linux 7
Debian Linux 8
Mandrake 9
Slackware 10
SuSE Linux 11
TurboLinux 12
Mixing and Matching Software from Linux Distributions 13
Shared Libraries and Versioning 13
Kernel Version Numbers 14
2 Preparing Your System for Red Hat 7.0 15
Selecting Your Red Hat Installation Class 15
The Workstation Installation Class 16
The Server Installation Class 19
The Custom Installation Class 20
Installing Red Hat on Systems with Multiple Disks 23
Collecting Information About Your Hardware 23
Collecting Hardware Information on a Windows System 24
Collecting Hardware Information on a Linux System 24
Preparing Dual-Boot or Multiboot Systems 25
Preparing Windows Partitions for Fission 26
Using FIPS 30
Using the Ranish Partition Manager 31
Using PartitionMagic 32
3 Beginning Your Red Hat Installation 33
Defining Your System's Boot Sequence 33
American Megatrends AMIBIOS Boot Sequence Configuration 34
AWARD BIOS Boot Sequence Configuration 35
IBM Aptiva Boot Sequence Configuration 35
PhoenixBIOS Boot Sequence Configuration 36
Installing from the Red Hat CD 36
Creating and Using Boot Floppies 37
Creating Boot Disks on a DOS or Windows System 37
Creating Boot Disks on a Linux or UNIX System 38
Installing Red Hat Over a Network 38
Installing Red Hat Linux Over a Network on a Desktop System 39
Installing Red Hat Linux Using PCMCIA Ethernet Cards 40
Using Red Hat's Kickstart Install 41
Troubleshooting Network Installs 43
Using Virtual Consoles During Installation 44
4 Red Hat Installation: Basic System Configuration 47
Which Installer Will I See? 47
Configuring Your System 49
Selecting a Language, Keyboard, and Mouse 49
Specifying Your Red Hat Installation Class 51
Partitioning Disks for Linux 52
Formatting Linux Partitions 58
Configuring Network Support 59
Configuring the Mouse 63
Setting the Time Zone 63
Configuring Initial Accounts, Passwords, and Authentication 64
Setting the Root Password 64
Creating an Initial User Account 64
Specifying Authentication 65
5 Red Hat Installation: Basic Software Installation 67
Selecting Grouped Packages 68
Selecting Packages for Red Hat's Workstation Installation Class 68
Selecting Packages for Red Hat's Server Installation Class 68
Selecting Packages for Red Hat's Custom Installation Class 69
Selecting Individual Packages 71
Default Packages for Application Development 72
Adding Packages for the X Window System 72
Adding Packages for Database Development 78
Adding External Office and Word Processing Packages 79
Adding Other Shells 80
Adding Servers to KDE and GNOME Workstations 80
Locating Individual Packages 81
Verifying Package Dependencies 81
Text-Mode Installer: Package Installation Begins 82
Configuring the X Window System 82
Requirements for Running the X Window System 83
Basic X Window System Configuration 84
Specifying Video Memory 86
Specifying Your Clock Chip 86
Probing for Clocks 86
Selecting Video Modes 87
Testing Your X Window System Settings 87
Other X Window System Configuration Options 88
X Window System Installer: Package Installation Begins 88
Creating Boot Disks 88
Congratulations! 89
6 Starting and Stopping Red Hat Linux 91
The BIOS Boot Process 92
Configuring the Linux Loader 93
Booting Red Hat Linux 95
Overview of Red Hat Run Levels 96
Overview of /etc/inittab 97
System Initialization Overview 98
Entering a Run Level 99
/etc/inittab Commands Executed After Entering a Run Level 100
Resolving Module and Hardware Startup Problems 101
Associating Specific Modules with Specific Interfaces 102
Specifying Driver Options in /etc/conf.modules 103
Compiling Your Own Loadable Modules 103
Manually Starting Specific Services 104
Terminating Specific Services 105
Disabling Specific Network Services 105
Shutting Down Red Hat Linux Systems 106
Faster Shutdown Methods for Emergencies 107
Using the Standard Three-Finger Salute 107
7 Configuring and Customizing the X Window System 109
What Are the X Window System, X11R6, and XFree86? 110
Using XF86--configure 111
Identifying Graphics Cards and Chip Sets 111
Using Xconfigurator 112
Using Red Hat's Xconfigurator 114
Troubleshooting XFree86 Configuration 116
Keyboard Controls for XFree86 117
Starting the X Window System 118
Using a Display Manager 118
Using the startx Command 118
Using the xinit Command 119
The xinitrc file 120
A Suggested Method for Starting Window Managers 121
Using GNOME 122
Using KDE 123
Selecting and Using Different Window Managers 124
TWM: The Classic Window Manager 124
Window Maker 125
fvwm95 126
SawFish 127
8 Configuring Linux 129
System Administration on Linux Systems 129
General Introduction to Red Hat's linuxconf Command 131
Configuring a Network Adapter Using linuxconf 134
Changing Nameserver Specifications in linuxconf 135
Changing Gateway and Routing Information in linuxconf 136
Specifying the Hostname Search Path in linuxconf 137
Previewing and Activating Changes in linuxconf 137
Installing and Configuring Printers 139
Fixing and Fine-Tuning Printing 143
9 Using Local and Network Storage 145
Adding New Disks and Storage Devices 146
Adding New Disks and Partitions: The Planning Phase 146
Adding Disks to Your Linux System 147
Partitioning New Disks 150
Creating File Systems or Swap Space 153
Using linuxconf to Permanently Add Swap Space 156
Using linuxconf to Permanently Mount Partitions 158
Using linuxconf to Add Removable Media to Your Linux System 161
Using Networked File Systems 163
Popular Platform-Independent Networked File Systems 164
Using NFS File Systems 164
Sharing Windows and Linux File Systems Using Samba 168
10 Installing Other Software 173
RPM Packages and Their Contents 174
Understanding Software and Package Dependencies 175
Using the Red Hat Package Manager 175
What Actually Happens When Using RPM 176
Querying Files and Packages 177
Installing and Updating Packages 179
Getting Verbose Output 180
Removing Installed Packages 181
Finding New Packages 181
Installing and Using Packages from Other Linux Distributions 182
Index 183
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    Incredible!

    Makes installing Linux so much easier.

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