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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Configuring Services

Configuring Linux Services
Fig. 1.30

On this panel you can configure what services to run at boot time. I am aware that you may not know what these services are; however, if you are an experienced user you can enable and disable them here. By clicking on each of them you can get a short explanation on the right panel about what they do. If you have absolutely no idea what they are for, don't try to change anything on this panel leave it as default. We will see more about services later.

  • Click OK to continue.

The boot Loader

The installation wizard offers choice of boot loaders: GRUB, LILO with a graphical menu, or LILO with a text-based menu.

Linux Boot Loader
Fig. 1.31

You can specify where to install the Linux boot loader in the "Boot device" section. The default setting will install it onto the master boot record (MBR). If you already use a boot manager (such as System Commander, Boot Magic, and NT boot loader) you could choose to install the boot loader in the root partition of your Linux system (or even on a floppy). Or replace your boot loader with Lilo.

Lilo allows you to boot multiple operating systems. After installation Lilo usually adds the existing operating system to its menu, or you can add it manually. I have been able to run Windows 2000 professional with NTFS, Linux Mandrake 9.0 and FreeBSD on the same machine with Lilo. I don't usually experiment with boot loaders I like Lilo and I stick with it, but of course you are not me, so you are free to experiment with whatever pleases you. Experimenting will give knowledge to troubleshoot anything. In this installation choose Lilo with graphical interface. Leave the rest as default. Observe the following. The drop-down list shows the current boot loader entries. Additional operating systems (and kernels) may be added if available on your system.

Linux Boot Menu
Fig. 1.32
  • Click the "Done" button to continue.

The custom Boot Disk

The installation wizard will ask you to create a boot disk, which can be used in case of emergency to boot the system. However there is rarely need to do so.

Note: The Installation CD also contains a rescue system; press F1 at the boot prompt to access Rescue mode. (Troubleshooting time)

If you still want to create a boot disk click yes and you will be prompted to insert a floppy disk in the drive.

  • Click NO to this prompt