Many Linux install processes ask you whether you want to configure your network connection for your Ethernet cards. This is typically just for your Ethernet cards and not for dial-up modems or other networking equipment. Information about what you'll need for that process (IP address, gateway, DNS server, and so on) is explained in Chapter 8.
When you boot Linux, you can check whether you have access to the Internet by opening a Web browser (such as Firefox or Konqueror) and typing in a Web address. If the Web site doesn't appear in your browser, you'll need to do some troubleshooting. The "Understanding Your Internet Connection" section later in this chapter provides information on how to track down problems with your Internet connection.
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