So how does one set up a system?
(In very general terms.)
A basic order of steps to setting up a Linux System following most of the
procedures outlined in this paper would be:
- Locating a machine on which to run Linux.
- A large enough hard drive1.
- A 384, 486, or Pentium processor.
- A CD-ROM drive2.
- A recognized ethernet card.
- A hub3.
- A notebook in which to document settings and problems.
- Acquiring the RedHat CD set4.
- Acquiring a static IP address from the Systems and Information guys.
- Prepping the computer and running the Install.
- Backing up data.
- Allocating an evening to run the install.
- Partitioning the hard drive.
- Running the install.
- Debugging the install.
- Making yourself an account.
- Installing any software that you didn't install from the RedHat CDs.
- And finally enjoying your machine. (And maintaining it.)
A more in-depth set of instructions can be found
on this site as well.
1 Any hard drive
smaller than 1 Gig is likely to fill up quickly, depending on how many
programs are installed on the computer.
2 This is unnecessary
if the installation is occurring across a network or from the hard drive,
but it makes things easier if the installation happens from the CDs.
These instructions will assume that you are installing from the CDs.
3 The hub is only
necessary if you intend to run two computers off one drop. A small dumb
one that simply splits the wires is all that's necessary.
4 These are also
not necessary if you plan to install via network or from the hard drive,
but the instructions will assume that you are installing from the CDs.
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Created: April 12, 1999
Last updated: May 17, 1999