Part Overview Featuring

• The role that the ROM BIOS, MBR, and loader play in booting the system

• GRUB and LILO configuration

• How and why the kernel is passed parameters at boot time

• System runlevels and how they are configured by the inittab file

• The chkconfig and tksysv tools that control the startup scripts

• Loadable kernel modules and the tools that manage them

• How Ethernet device drivers are loaded and configured

• Configuring a network interface with ifconfig and the Red Hat Network Configuration tool

• How serial ports function and how they are used for networking

• PPP configuration and security

• Creating chat scripts

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