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Learning Red Hat Linux by Bill McCarty

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Chapter 3. Installing Linux

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to install Linux by following a simple, step-by-step procedure. Most users will be able to complete the installation procedure without difficulty; however, the chapter includes a section that describes how you can obtain help if you encounter installation problems. Once you successfully complete the installation procedure, you’ll have your own working Linux system.

Installing the Operating System and Applications

To install Linux, you follow a simple, step-by-step procedure that has three main phases:

  • Installing the operating system and applications

  • Configuring devices and services

  • Completing the installation

This section describes the procedure for installing the operating system and applications. The following sections describe the remaining phases.

Warning

Although the Linux installation procedure is generally troublefree, errors or malfunctions that occur during the installation of an operating system can result in loss of data. You should not begin the installation procedure until you have backed up all data on your system and determined that your backup is error-free.

The Installation Program User Interface

Like other modern Linux distributions, Red Hat Linux includes a screen-based install program that simplifies the installation and initial configuration of Linux. However, the install program works somewhat differently than a typical Microsoft Windows application. For instance, it does not support use of a mouse ...

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