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Red Hat Linux 9.0 Clean Install - The Whole Enchilada
Last updated: 5/21/03

INTRODUCTION. This article consists of a detailed, step-by-step, clean install and testing of Red HAT (RH) Linux 9.0.  The steps performed to install, configure, and test Samba, SWAT, host tables, telnet, FTP, Apache, a virtual intranet web server, MySQL, PHP, and Perl are described.  The text from the various configuration and test files is included for convenience and as examples.

HARDWARE DESCRIPTION.  This install of RH Linux was done on an older, in-house computer with an AMD 500 Mhz K6-2 processor, 256 MBytes of Memory, a Maxtor 30 GByte ATA/100 hard disk drive, and a Linksys LNE100TX Ethernet Adapter.  It is used to power a Samba file server for shared data for QuickBooks Pro  accounting, backups, and a web site, php, MySQL development and testing system.  It has all the power we really need for a file and intranet web server for Mom 'n Pop computer shop/office.  Linux is efficient and runs fast as a server on rather meager hardware.  Put the heavy computing horsepower and dollars into your client computers (user PCs) where it is needed. 

A description of the network is in our comprehensive article on How to Network Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows.

Red Hat Linux 9.0 Install Log 5/21/03

DOWNLOAD THE ISO FILES AND MAKE THE CDs

Downloaded the three CD Image ISO files and corresponding md5sum checksum files from linuxiso.org.

The md5sum files are html files. Copied the lines in all of the html files to individual lines in a single text file using wordpad.

Used md5summer on a Windows 2000 Pro computer to verify the three iso file checksums (CRCs).  md5summer is much easier to use than the Windows/dos-based md5sum I have used in the past.  It's free.

Burned the three iso files onto Memorex 700 MByte/80 Minute Music CD-R’s at 16X and verified the written data with a Memorex 52MAXX CD-RW drive and Nero 5.  Got 3 out 3 good CD's.  Labeled them and put them in CD envelops. The Memorex CD-RW drive is one of the fastest CD-RW drives currently on the market.  Many CD-RW drives cannot burn CDs reliably at 16X or even 8X.  Previously, with a slower drive and computer, I would burn Linux CD's at 4X and would still get a bad burn often enough that it was irritating.

PREPARE THE HARD DISK DRIVE

Started with a used Western Digital WD300BB, 7,200 RPM, ATA/100, 30 GByte hard disk drive. While downloading the RH iso files on another computer, took the drive down to bare metal (it had failed Windows XP on it) by writing zeros to the entire drive with the diagnostic utilities included in version 10.0 of Western Digital's Lifeguard Tools and then ran the extensive diagnostics.  No errors were reported.  Both of these operations take quite a bit of time, but they reduce the probability of hardware, boot track, and partition problems later on.  That is, the installation starts with a clean (and tested) slate.

Went into the motherboard CMOS Set-up and changed the boot sequence to boot to the CD-ROM drive.

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