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Teach Yourself Linux

Teach Yourself Linux

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by Steve Oualline, Eric Foster-Johnson

If you're an intermediate or advanced computer programmer looking to master Linux, then Teach Yourself Linux is your key to success.

Written in jargon-free language, Teach Yourself Linux is full of cross-references, visual step-by-step procedures, and real-world applications that enable you to master the Open Source operating system that's taking


If you're an intermediate or advanced computer programmer looking to master Linux, then Teach Yourself Linux is your key to success.

Written in jargon-free language, Teach Yourself Linux is full of cross-references, visual step-by-step procedures, and real-world applications that enable you to master the Open Source operating system that's taking the PC world by storm. This book helps you become proficient by explaining the following:

  • Installing and configuring Linux, understanding Linux commands, and using text editing features
  • Finding help and performing a full backup
  • Navigating the Linux desktop, from the X Window system to applications
  • Working with Microsoft Windows
  • Connecting to the Web and using Internet tools
  • Setting up your own Web server
  • Building an advanced system configuration
Two bonus CD-ROMs are packed with Linux software, including Red Hat Linux 6.1 and Internet access programs, as well as information on how to upgrade your Linux software.

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Chapter 1: Installing Linux

Linux is a major operating system and requires a little planning to install. Many people think Linux is hard to install, but the installation procedure has been greatly improved since Linux was first introduced. Now, Linux is easier to install than Microsoft Windows 98. (Unfortunately, most people buy computers with Microsoft Windows preinstalled and have no idea how hard it is to install.)

Part of Linux's "hard-to-install" reputation is a result of Linux's providing a lot of choices when it comes to installation methods. Like Microsoft Windows, you can install Linux from a local CD-ROM. But you can also install it over a network. In other words, one system running Linux with a CD-ROM can be used to install another. Linux can even be installed when the remote system is running MS Windows. For large installations, you can create a standard installation image and use the network to install it on all the machines at a single location.

But for now, let's limit ourselves to a simple, initial installation. In this chapter, I take you through the steps needed to make your Linux installation run smoothy. I start with planning, and lead you step-by-step through a simple install process that ends in your booting a fully functional Linux system.

The key to a smooth installation process is to plan and keep things simple. This chapter begins with the key planning steps. By taking a little time to plan before starting the install process, potential problems can be eliminated. Doing things right the first time avoids having to reinstall the system over and over again.

Once initial planning is complete, we can begin the installation. Theprocess is quite simple. You only have to answer a few questions to get it underway.

Linux is not only an operating system, but hundreds of applications as well. One of the secrets to a good install is to not load the applications during the initial installation. Red Hat Linux comes with a great package system that can be used to install them later, after the core system is running. Deferring the installation of the applications gives you a safer and quicker install. Remember, keep things simple.

Once the installation is complete, you can proceed to the next chapter and begin the initial configuration and setup of your Linux system.

Installing Linux is a major operation. Let's look at the major installation steps. First, you need to .I. decide whether you want a Linux-only computer or a computer that can be booted with either Microsoft Windows or Linux. If you want to be able to still use Microsoft Windows, then you will want to create a startup Microsoft Windows disk. This disk is insurance against installation problems. This disk is also used in running the Linux installation tool FIPS (First Interactive Partition Splitter) and booting the Linux installation CD-ROM.

Linux requires its own disk space. It can be installed on it's own drive, or you can split the Microsoft Windows disk drive in two. This is done using your startup disk and the Linux FIPS utility, which is discussed later in this chapter.

Once disk space is created, you can start the Linux installation program. The easiest way to do this is to boot from your CD-ROM. Unfortunately, some computers won't let you do that. In that case, you can boot from the Microsoft Windows startup disk and then start the Linux installation program.

In some cases, you may not want to use Microsoft Windows at all. (If you never use it, you can return it for a refund. See the following Take Note section.) In that case, you must NEVER use Microsoft Windows. Not even to boot Linux. If you can boot directly from the CD-ROM, you can just insert the CD-ROM and start the installation.

If you can't boot from the CD-ROM, you'll have to boot from floppy disk. The CD-ROM contains utilities that can be used to create the boot disk you'll need to start the installation process. You'll have to find a working system (either Linux or Microsoft Windows) and use it to create the boot floppy. After that just boot and install...

Meet the Author

About the Author Steve Oualline is the author of Discover Linux. Eric Foster-Johnson is a software developer who works on Linux, UNIX, Windows NT, and a variety of other systems every day. An experienced author, Foster-Johnson's books include Graphical Applications with Tcl and Tk, Perl Modules, UNIX in Plain English (with Kevin Reichard), and Linux: Configuration and Installation with Patrick Volkerding and Kevin Reichard.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have tried to set up Red Hat Linux on my machine for a couple of months now. I first tried using the manuals that came with the software, they helped me install it but not to set it up correctly. Then I tried Red Hat Linux Unleashed, but it gave too much information and not enough visual aids to setting up the software. Then I stumbled upon this book. With it I have been able to connect my printer, network, and sound card in one night! Topics are easy to referance through the index and contents and are clear and shown visually as well. The only reason I'm not giving it a full 5 stars is that there is no referance to using C or Perl in this book even though you can find it in almost every other Linux book, but the ability to set up the OS with this book still makes it the best I've seen out there.