Installing Debian GNU/Linux

Installing Debian GNU/Linux

by Thomas Down

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$24.99

Overview

Installing Debian GNU/Linux covers only the topics necessary to get the OS up and running. Debian GNU/Linux is the most difficult distribution to get operational. This text makes the process as painless as possible. This product is for Linux enthusiasts or experienced Unix users who would like to purchase the distribution and the documentation required to configure the OS. Topics covered include hardware requirements, partitioning, troubleshooting, selecting packages, setting up a GUI, and networking.
  • Assists in the installation and configuration of Debian GNU/Linux enabling a quick and painless process
  • Provides documentation for one of the most difficult distributions of Linux to install
  • CD-ROM contains Debian 2.1 and Partition MagicM

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780672317453
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 12/10/1999
Edition description: BK&CD ROM
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

1Introducing Debian1
Why Use Debian?1
The Main Competition4
A Little Debian/Linux History5
Licensed to Be Free7
Debian Today10
Summary10
2Getting Ready-Hardware11
The Base System12
Linux on the Move14
Other Architectures14
Memory and Disk16
CD-ROM Drives17
DVD-ROMs17
CD Writers17
Other Expansion Devices18
Graphics Cards21
SCSI Controllers21
Ethernet Adapters22
Sound Cards22
Modems22
Scanners23
Interfaces of the Future24
USB24
IrDA25
Firewire (IEEE 1394)25
Summary25
3Getting Ready-Disk Space27
Introduction to Disks28
Types of Disk Partition29
Geometric Concerns30
Room to Breathe32
Swap Space32
The Virtual File System33
The Debian Directory Hierarchy33
Arranging Linux Partitions35
Making Space for the Debian System36
FIPS37
PartitionMagic37
Creating New Partitions38
Using cfdisk38
Summary42
4A Basic Installation43
Installation Media43
Debian for Other Architectures44
The First Boot44
Booting from Floppies45
Linux Start-Up46
Filling in the Installation Data48
Kernel Installation50
Initial Configuration of the Kernel51
Getting Connected52
The Base System Installation54
Preparing to Reboot55
After You Reboot55
What's Next57
Switching Off58
Installation Troubleshooting59
Boot Parameters59
Boot Image Problems59
The Worst Case: Linux Won't Boot59
Summary60
5Making Your Selection61
What Is a Package?61
Debian Archives62
Sub-Distributions63
Joining the Arms Trade?64
The Package-Management Programs65
Starting the Package Manager66
Setting Up Your Package Sources67
Installing from CD-ROM67
Installing Over a Network68
Updating and Installing Debian69
The Selection System70
Handling Dependencies71
Upgrading Your System72
Taking the Direct Approach73
Installing Non-Debian Software74
Tar Archives74
Installing from Source Code75
Summary76
6The First Steps in Debian77
A Word About Configuration Files77
Setting Up a Graphical User Interface80
Installing the X Window System81
Configuring the X Server82
Starting an X Session85
Setting Up an X Session Seript86
Desktop Environments87
GNOME88
KDE89
Setting Up a Graphical Login Screen91
Managing User Accounts91
File Ownership and Permissions93
Printing-A UNIX Approach95
Setting Up a Print System96
Summary97
7A Tour of the Packages99
Package Classification100
Text Editors101
Internet Applications102
Web Browsers103
Electronic Mail Clients104
Productivity Applications107
Word Processing107
Text Formatting Languages108
Spreadsheets109
Graphics Packages110
Internet Services111
Programming Tools112
The C Compiler113
Code Libraries and Headers113
Interpreted Languages115
Other Programming Tools115
Java115
Summary116
8Advanced Configuration117
The Initialization Scripts117
Configuring a PPP Network Connection120
Configuring Name Services122
Activating the Connection123
Other Home Internet Solutions124
Handling Electronic Mail125
Outgoing Mail125
Incoming Mail127
Mail Filtering128
Managing File Systems128
Summary130
9Life On a Network131
Private Network Addresses131
Internet Servers132
Logging On133
Secure Remote Logins133
Transferring Files134
The Network File System (NFS)134
Sharing Files with Windows Machines136
Sharing a Printer136
Sharing an Internet Connection137
Security Issues (or The Paranoid Bit)139
Summary140
10Exploring the X Window System141
X on Display141
Extra X143
Remote Display Management144
Customizing Your Menus145
User Interface Toolkits147
Themes149
The Future151
Summary151
11And Finally-Welcome to the Community153
Debian Resources154
The GNU/Linux Community on the Internet154
Reporting a Bug157
Making a Contribution159
And Finally159
Appendix AKernel Management161
Installing a Kernel Package161
Doing It Yourself163
Kernel Prerequisites163
Configuring the Kernel164
Making a Kernel Package165
Index167

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