Red Hat Linux 8.0

The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide

Table of Contents
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1. Getting Started
Setup Agent
Introductory Terms
Logging In
Graphical Login
Virtual Console Login
Graphical Interface
Opening a Shell Prompt
Creating a User Account
Documentation Resources
Logging Out
Graphical Logout
Virtual Console Logout
Shutting Down your Computer
Graphical Shutdown
Virtual Console Shutdown
2. Using the Graphical Desktop
Using the Desktop
Using the Panel
Using the Main Menu
Using Applets
Using the Notification Area
Adding Icons and Applets to the Panel
Configuring the Desktop Panel
Using Nautilus
Start Here
Customizing the Desktop
Customizing your System
Logging Out
3. Diskettes and CD-ROMs
Using Diskettes
Mounting and Unmounting a Diskette
Reading MS-DOS formatted Diskettes
Putting Linux Files on an MS-DOS Diskette
Formatting a Diskette
Using CD-ROMs with Your File Manager
Using CD-ROMs From a Shell Prompt
CD-Rs and CD-RWs
Using X-CD-Roast
Using CD-Rs and CD-RWs with Command Line Tools
Additional Resources
Installed Documentation
Useful Websites
4. Getting Online
5. Web Browsing
Mozilla Web Browser
Mozilla Composer
6. Email Applications
Mozilla Mail
Mozilla and Newsgroups
Plain Text Email Clients
Using Pine
Using Mutt
7. Printer Configuration
Adding a Local Printer
Printing a Test Page
Modifying Existing Printers
Names and Aliases
Queue Type
Driver Options
8. Working with Documents
The Suite Features Writer Calc Impress Draw
Viewing PDFs
9. Audio, Video, and General Amusement
Playing CDs
Playing Digital Music Files
Using XMMS
Troubleshooting Your Sound Card
If Sound Card Configuration Tool Does Not Work
Troubleshooting Your Video Card
Finding Games Online
10. Working with Images
Viewing Images
Using Nautilus to view Images
Using Konqueror to View Images
Using GQview
Manipulating Images with the GIMP
GIMP Basics
Loading a File
Saving a File
GIMP Options
Additional Resources
Installed Documentation
Useful Websites
Related Books
11. Shell Prompt Basics
Why Use a Shell Prompt
The History of the Shell
Determining Your Current Directory with pwd
Changing Directories with cd
View Directory Contents with ls
Locating Files and Directories
Printing From The Command Line
Clearing and Resetting the Terminal
Manipulating Files with cat
Using Redirection
Appending Standard Output
Redirecting Standard Input
Pipes and Pagers
The more Command
More Commands for Reading Text Files
The head Command
The tail Command
The grep Command
I/O Redirection and Pipes
Wildcards and Regular Expressions
Command History and Tab Completion
Using Multiple Commands
Ownership and Permissions
The chmod Command
Changing Permissions With Numbers
12. Managing Files and Directories
A Larger Picture of the File System
Identifying and Working with File Types
Compressed and Archived Files
File Formats
System Files
Programming and Scripting Files
File Compression and Archiving
Using File Roller
Compressing Files at the Shell Prompt
Archiving Files at the Shell Prompt
Manipulating Files at the Shell Prompt
Creating Files
Copying Files
Moving Files
Deleting Files and Directories
13. Updating and Adding Packages to Red Hat Linux
Red Hat Network
Errata List
Installation CD-ROMs
14. Frequently Asked Questions
Localhost Login and Password
Error Messages During Installation of RPMs
Starting Applications
Editing Your PATH
Accessing a Windows Partition
Finding Commands Quickly
Tips on Using Command History
Other Shortcuts
Keep ls Output from Scrolling
Printing ls Output
Forgotten Password
Password Maintenance
Changing Login from Console to X at Startup
A. The KDE Desktop Environment
Introducing KDE
Setting Up KDE
Finding Help
Using The Desktop
Using The Panel
Using The Main Menu
Using Applets
Adding Icons and Applets to the Panel
Configuring the KDE Panel
Managing Files
The Navigation Panel
Customizing KDE
Logging Out of KDE
B. Applications
C. A Comparison of Common DOS and Linux Commands
D. System Directories
E. Keyboard Shortcuts