Red Hat Linux 7.0

The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide

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This manual is dedicated to Paul Gallagher, creator of the Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide and first Club Docs editor. Paul, thanks for all you've done to make Red Hat Linux documentation what it is today. We wish you every Success!

Table of Contents
Who Should Read This Book?
A Peek Inside
A Note About Environments
Work With Your User Account
Where to Find More Info
More to Come
Send In Your Feedback
Sign Up for Support
I. The Basics
1. Getting Started
Log In, Please
2. GNOME in 60 Seconds (or so)
An Overview
The Desktop
The Panel
Main Menu Button
Finding Help
Multiple Desktops
Switching Environments
3. KDE in 60 Seconds (or so)
An Overview
The Desktop
The Panel
The Main Menu K Icon
The Taskbar
Finding Help
Switching Environments
4. Logging Out and Shutting Down
Quitting from GNOME
Quitting from KDE
Shutting Down at the Shell Prompt
5. Setting Up Your Printer
Using Printtool
Printing Utilities in KDE and GNOME
6. Getting Online
Using RP3 to Connect
Connecting with Kppp
7. The Web, E-Mail and News in GNOME and KDE
Using Navigator in GNOME and KDE
E-Mail and News Settings for Messenger
Reading and Composing Mail in Messenger
Using Messenger to Read News
8. Customizing Your Desktop in GNOME and KDE
Customizing with the GNOME Control Center
Customizing with the KDE Control Center
9. A Short Introduction to the GIMP
GIMP Basics
Using the GIMP to Create a Web Page
Where to Find More Information
II. Managing Files and Directories
10. File Managers in GNOME and KDE
The GNOME File Manager
The KDE File Manager
11. An Introduction to Linuxconf
Creating a New Account in Linuxconf
12. Using Gnome-RPM and RPM
The benefits of RPM
Using Gnome-RPM
Installing New Packages
Basic Configuration
Package Manipulation
RPM from the Shell Prompt
Checking a Package's "Signature"
13. Getting Started with GnuPG
Introducing GnuPG
III. The Shell Prompt
14. Shell Prompt Basics
Why Use a Shell Prompt?
Pulling Yourself Up by the Boot
A Good "Man" Is Easy to Find
15. You Are Here
Finding Yourself with pwd
Getting from Here to There: cd
Looking Around with ls
A Larger Picture of the Filesystem
"Washing" the Window
Using cat
Using Redirection
Appending Standard Output
Redirecting Standard Input
Stringing Commands Together
Ownership and Permissions
Fun with Numbers and chmod
16. Working with Files and Directories
Shell Collecting
Locating Files and Directories
Command History and Tab Completion
Identifying and Working with File Types
Copying, Moving and Renaming Files and Directories
IV. Q & A
17. Q & A: Quick Answers to Common Questions
Your First Login
Using a Diskette
Switching Environments
Shutting Down
Error Message While Installing an RPM
Starting Applications
Accessing a Windows Partition
Find Some Commands Fast
Keep ls Output from Scrolling
Tips on Using Command History
Unable to Log In
Starting "Services"
Using All Available RAM
Configuring a Sound Card
Removing Red Hat Linux
Changing Login from Console to X at Startup
Configuring X
V. Appendixes
A. Glossary
B. A Brief History of Linux and Red Hat
What is Linux?
C. DOS to Linux Cheat Sheet
DOS and Linux Commands
Different Paths