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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

Package Selection

The next step is package selection; you have two options workstation and server. Observe the following table for the package selection.

Package Group Selection
  • Office workstation
  • Web/FTP
  • Game station
  • Mail
  • Multimedia station
  • Database
  • Internet station
  • Firewall/Router
  • Network computer client
  • Configuration
  • Network computer server
  • Scientific workstation
  • KDE Workstation
  • Console tools
  • Development
  • Documentation
  • LSB
  • Table 1.3

    You can select all the packages from this screen if you need them, but the screen is split in two in order to differentiate the installation. If you are planning to use your computer as a client in your network choose the workstation packages, with the workstation you have all the office applications including the internet applications.

    On the other hand, if you are planning to use this as a dedicated server, just install the server and server packages you need (with the Internet station from the workstation package)

    For educational purposes you can select them all, if you have enough hard drive space, or follow the above table and install only the dotted packages. Once your selection is complete, click Next and a warning of services will display explaining that they will run at boot.

    • Select yes
    • Click next

    The software is being copied onto the hard drive, depending on your packages selection; you will be prompted to swap CDs.

    When finished copying all selected packages, you will be prompted to enter a password for your root account.

    Creating a password for root
    Fig. 1.47 Creating a password for root
    • Enter the password for root
    • Click next

    After entering the password for root, you can also create a regular user

    Creating a user
    Fig. 1.48 Creating a user
    • Enter the user name
    • Enter the user's password
    • Click on the icon, to select an appropriate icon for the user if you wish (optional).
    • Click next

    Unselect the option that says “I can set up your computer to automatically log on one user”

    • Click next
    Installing the boot loader
    Fig. 1.49 Installing the boot loader
    • Select master boot record of drive (MBR)
    • Click next

    The next screen is the global system hardware configuration in the system and most are detected automatically. There will be some that are not configured or detected properly. Most likely the hardware that is not configured properly will be highlighted in red.

    Fig. 1.50
    Fig. 1.50

    A primary example here might be the graphical interface. To configure it click on the configure button on the right. When you click on configure, the monitor is probed and the refresh rate is detected. The detected mode is highlighted, leave as default and click next