Red Hat Linux 7.2

The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide

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Table of Contents
About This Manual — Read This? Please?
Introductory Terms
A Note About Environments
Documentation Resources
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I. The Basics
1. Getting Started
Logging In
Creating a user account
Logging Out of Root
2. The GNOME Desktop Environment
GNOME Fundamentals
The Desktop
The Nautilus File Manager
The Panel
Main Menu Button
Finding Help
Multiple Desktops
Switching Environments
Quitting from GNOME
Adding a Log Out Button
Shutting Down from the Run Program Menu
Shutting Down at the Shell Prompt
3. The KDE Desktop Environment
Using Your Mouse
The Desktop
The Panel
The Main Menu K Icon
The Taskbar
Finding Help
Switching Environments
Quitting from KDE
Shutting Down at the Shell Prompt
4. Customizing Your Desktop
Customizing with the GNOME Control Center
Customizing with the KDE Control Center
5. Getting Online
Internet Druid
Network Configuration
Connecting and Disconnecting
Connecting With Cable
6. The Mozilla Web Browser
Mozilla User Accounts
Mozilla Navigator
The Mozilla Navigator Sidebar
Customizing Mozilla Preferences
Mozilla Mail
Mozilla and Newsgroups
Mozilla Composer
7. Printer Configuration
Adding a Local Printer
Modifying Existing Printers
Additional Resources
8. Audio, Video, and General Amusement
Configuring a Sound Card
Speakers, Headphones, and Sound Etiquette
Playing CDs
Configuring a Video Card
Games and Amusements
9. Manipulating Images With GIMP
GIMP Basics
Using the GIMP to Create Images for the Web
Additional Resources
II. Intermediate Tasks
10. Shell Prompt Basics
Shell Prompt Basics
The History of the Shell
Bash Environment Variables
Creating a Boot Disk
Use Man Pages for Information
Determining Your Current Directory with pwd
Changing Directories with cd
View Directory Contents with ls
Locating Files and Directories
Printing From The Command Line
Clear and Reset the Window
View, Redirect, and Append Files with cat
More Basic Commands for Reading Text Files
Command History and Tab Completion
Stringing Commands Together
Ownership and Permissions
Changing Permissions With Numbers
11. Managing Files and Directories
The GNOME File Manager
The KDE File Manager
Creating Files and Directories
A Larger Picture of the Filesystem
Identifying and Working with File Types
File Compression and Archiving with Gzip, Zip, and Tar
Viewing PDFs
Manipulating Files at a Shell Prompt
12. Updating and Adding Packages to Red Hat Linux
Introduction to RHN
Red Hat Network
Red Hat Update Agent
Red Hat Network Software Manager
Synchronizing Your System Profile
Updating With Errata
Installing RPMs From the Installation CDs
III. Q & A
13. Frequently Asked Questions
Using a Diskette
Putting Linux Files on a Windows Disk
Localhost Login and Password
Displaying ls in color
Switching Environments
Shutting Down
Error Messages During Installation of RPMs
Starting Applications
Accessing a Windows Partition
Finding Commands Quickly
Keep ls Output from Scrolling
Tips on Using Command History
Forgotten Password
Changing Login from Console to X at Startup
Configuring X
IV. Appendixes
A. Computer Basics
B. A Comparison of Common DOS and Linux Commands
C. Identifying/Finding File Extensions
Missing or Incorrect Extension?
D. System Directories
E. Keyboard Shortcuts