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  • August 26, 1999
  • By James Andrews

Howard Mann's Ecletic Compendium

Some amazing articles on setting up and using Linux, focusing on Redhat 5.2. We simply cannot praise this site enough. Here is how Howard himself describes his articles.

EASY BACKUPS It is easy to backup files using the copy (cp) and tar commands within an executable script. With a script, you will be able to accomplish this by typing one word at the command prompt.
THE DOT FILES As a user, you will be able to customize many aspects of your working environment by editing certain files that you will place in your personal directory in the Unix directory hierarchy. These files determine, among many other things, the appearance of your desktop and the items found thereon.
ETHERNET I describe how to configure an Ethernet interface and how to establish support for your Network Interface Card. You will need to accomplish this if you establish a home Local Area Network or if you connect to the Internet with Cable Modem or DSL.
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FINDING HELP ON THE 'NET In this section, I emphasize the importance of getting information from FAQ's available online and from archives of newsgroup postings by doing a Power Search on dejanews.com.
INFORMATION ABOUT LINUX AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET I provide many selected links to websites that concern Linux - news, journals, discussion groups, FAQ's, HOW TO's, program repositories and more. Because of the vast number of Linux-related websites on the internet, this selection is necessarily limited to those I consider most informative and useful. I also describe how to use the Internet to find information and help concerning any particular problem you may be trying to solve.
INSTALLATION If you are contemplating an installation of Linux, peruse this section. I describe how I partitioned my hard disc and configured a dual-boot setup with Windows\xae 95. I describe why I recommend a Linux distribution that uses Red Hat's (RPM) program package management system. I provide links to web pages that will help you obtain the appropriate X-server for your video card and necessary specifications for your monitor.
CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET I describe how to configure a PPP interface by using the Network Configuration tool that comes with Red Hat Linux. This interface permits one to use a conventional modem to connect to an Internet Service Provider.
BASICS OF RPM AND FTP Here I describe how to obtain and install RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) versions of programs using FTP. Great graphical utilities are available to make these tasks very easy.
BASIC SECURITY In this section, I describe what actions to take to secure your system, with an emphasis on network security. I've
UNIX FOR LINUX Linux is essentially a Unix-based operating system which was developed by Linus Torvalds. In order to use Linux, you will need to understand the foundational principles underlying the operating system, and learn to perform certain tasks by issuing commands to the heart of the operating system - the kernel. I will provide links to tutorials that will enble you to master the requisites.
VIDEOCARD CHIPSET AND XFREE86 I devote this page to helping you find information about your videcard chipset and finding a X-server (driver) for the card. I describe how to update your XFree86 X - window server to the latest version and provide a link to a page where I describe how to get and install files when you do not yet have a connection to the 'net from your Linux box. I directed this section primarily at the home user.
XWOES In this section I suggest an approach to solving problems related to configuring the XFree86 X window-server. It will help you understand the XF86Config file, and how to relate it to the hardware on your system. Discordance between this file and the hardware you have is a common source of problems in this area.
Here I explain how modelines in XFree86 are constructed. I describe a method you may use to construct a modeline for a particular screen resolution using the best screen refresh rate your monitor is capable of providing. This section may also be considered a supplement to the Xwoes page.
GETTING FILES TO YOUR LINUX BOX If you need to get files to your Linux box but do not yet have a connection to the 'net, peruse this page. I describe several methods of accomplishing this.

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