How to Use This Manual

This manual is ideal for users (both new and old) who want a quick and simple installation solution. It will help you prepare your system, walk you through the installation, and assist you in the configuration of Red Hat Linux.


If you currently use Red Hat Linux 4.2 (or greater), you can perform an upgrade. Skim Chapter 1 to review the basics, then read Chapter 3, following the directions as you go. Once you have chosen to perform an upgrade in the installation program, refer to Appendix A.

If you are an experienced user who wants to perform a Red Hat Linux CD-ROM installation, and you do not need a review of the basics, you can skip ahead to Chapter 3 to begin the installation process.


Refer to the Red Hat Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions and problems that may occur before, during, or after the installation. You will find the FAQ online at:

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