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Red Hat Linux Clean Install - The Whole Enchilada

Video Configuration - S3 Savage4 selected (default for my display adapter) - Skip X Configuration = unchecked (default) - Next

About to Install - Next

Later - fed it CD #2 when prompted - OK

Fed it CD #3 - OK

Boot Disk Creation

Skip boot disk creation = checked (have one from previous install and the CD will boot)

Probe Monitor - Next

Custom X Configuration - set to High Color, 16 bit (default); changed resolution to 800x600 (old 15" shop monitor) - Next

Exit

Linux is up.

Logged-in as root.

The GNOME GUI is up.

Closed the Start Here window...
(Too slow for me.)

(Most of the stuff used for the install is located in the Application and System submenus off Start, Programs... too many clicks...)

Dragged qedit, Nautilus, Mozilla, and System Configuration from the Main Menu submenus to the GNOME Panel, the strip along the bottom of the screen.

(These are the tools in the Main Menu submenus and not already on the Panel most used for the rest of the install.)

Changed Nautilus to view all folders as a list... Clicked GNOME Start (footprint to the Main Menu), Programs, Applications, Nautilus, View, View as, View as List, Modify, Use as "default" for folder items, Done.

(When it is set for large folder icons, there is not enough info on the screen, too much scrolling is required, and they have a way of moving around and under mouse cursors that increases the risk of human error.)

Network Configuration... Start, Programs, System, Network Configuration (or use the Start Here Window that pops-up right after an install if you haven't closed it--or start is again with at the top, left of the screen.)

eth0 (Linux device for the Ethernet Adapter) was present and highlighted

Add, Ethernet Connection, Next, Statically set IP addresses:
Host name: linux.WORKGROUP.com
Manual IP address settings
Address: 192.168.123.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway Address: 192.168.123.254 (this is the router's IP address)
Next, Finish
Add, Ethernet Connection, Next, Statically set IP addresses:
Host name: local.duxcw.com
Manual IP address settings
Address: 192.168.123.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway Address: 192.168.123.254
Next, Finish

(127.0.0.1 is accessible only by the Linux host itself. 192.168.123.1, which is associated with eth0, is the LAN IP address for the Linux host computer and its web server. 192.168.123.2, which is associated with eth0:1, is for a virtual web server. All three parts of the host name, which are optional here, can be just about anything within reason you want them to be.)

Selected eth0:1, Activate - Yes

Selected eth0:2, Activate - Yes

These IPs are for web servers.

Clicked Hosts tab (this builds the hosts table for name/IP resolution)...

Only entry is 127.0.01 localhost.localdomain...

Clicked Edit, changed Aliases to read linux.

(The linux host computer will appear as "linux" in the Network Neighborhood/My Network Places in the windows network PCs after Samba is installed. Otherwise, it would appear as localhost, which is confusing. That is, Samba will use it as the Linux computer's Computer Name for the Windows network. localhost will still work when directly using Linux.)

Clicked Add and entered
Address: 192.168.123.1
Hostname: linux.WORKGROUP.lan
Aliases: linux
OK

Clicked Add and entered
Address: 192.168.123.2
Hostname: local.duxcw.lan
Aliases: duxcw
(This is the virtual web server)
OK

Edited them a second time to enter the aliases.

(Red Hat does not save the alias names until the domains have been created.)

Apply

(Note: after Samba is installed, it apparently grabs 192.168.123.1 from somewhere and the eth0:1 can no longer be activated. I'll research this/experiment more with this later.)

Verified LAN TCP/IP connectivity

Opened a DOS Window in the Windows Me computer and...

C:\>ping 192.168.123.1

C:\>ping 192.168.123.2

Both IPs are working; we have a TCP/IP network.

Internet Configuration

One should not have to anything with the Internet Configuration Wizard with this configuration. It should be operational already.

Verify Internet connectivity... Mozilla, enter duxcw.com in the address box...

The Internet connection is up.

Entered User Accounts... Start, Programs, System, User Manager, New User...

Entered the following additional accounts, entered full names (first name, middle initial, last name), and gave them passwords:
lbyard
cbyard
jbyard
pcguest

(Made the full name of pcguest account, "Guest Account for LAN PC Users)

Left everything else default: Create home directory = checked; Create a private group for the user = checked; Specify user ID manually = unchecked.

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