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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

Chapter 2

The Internet

Quick Start

I thought to include a quick start for all of you. I am a technical person and I really hate that book that gives you 99.9% blah…blah…without getting you anywhere. Not all people are like me, and not all people are like you. So I thought to write this book for everyone that has different taste.

If you are like me then you are going to love this section. One can read 400 pages but it is just a waste of time, because you have to read all in order to grab some essentials. That is exactly the same as when you go to school and spend six months, five thousand dollars for training, and when you're finished you don't even know how to format a hard drive.

I know time is valuable. Having that in mind, you should be proud of yourself because after you finish reading this book, you've just graduated. And if you are lucky to hold a certification, congratulations! Now you've earned it… For God's sake learn and master what is in this book.

Through out the decade, Linux has become one of the most powerful operating systems. I truly believe that sooner or later Linux will defeat the dinosaur as it already did in the server arena and within a few years Linux will govern the desktop. Currently Linux is already in many offices, including college and universities at the desktop level. As I said, Linux is so powerful because whatever you can imagine, you can now do. In order to master the secret of this operating system, you have to learn the commands. In this section I will give you an intro to commands so we can move around to accomplish the task I have planned.

Reboot the computer and login:

Mandrake Linux release 9.0 (dolphin) for i586
Kernel 2.4.19-16mdk on an i686 / tty1
Localhost login:

If you created a regular user account during the installation, you can login with that user now, but if you did not create a regular user account, then just login as root.

Login as root

Localhost login: root
Password: type the password

(note when you type the password, you can't see it)

[root@localhost root]# This is the prompt for root (administrator)

Login as a normal user

Localhost login: agustin
Password: your regular user's password
[agustin@localhost agustin]$ This is the prompt for regular user