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Chapter 9.

Chapter 9.

SUSE Linux Basics

Part I introduces SUSE Linux by providing a description of the installation of a SUSE system, a discussion of the fundamental concepts of Linux, and information about how to work with partitions, filesystems, and files.

In This Part

Chapter 1

Installing SUSE 9.1

Chapter 2

Linux Fundamentals

Chapter 3

Installing SUSE 9.1

The most important part of getting Linux up and running is installing the system. Unfortunately, this is also where most users encounter problems because of differences between the types of information that you need to know when installing Linux versus Windows. This chapter will demystify the process by helping you through the installation, pointing out any stumbling blocks that you may hit upon, and offering suggestions for resolving them.

The program used to install SUSE Linux is known as YaST, which stands for Yet another System Tool. (The "Yet another . . ." naming convention is a standard Unix/Linux naming convention, intended to humorously reflect on the number of similar tools that different people and companies have developed to do specific tasks in their favorite, customized fashion. YaST provides a framework that supports independent modules that perform a variety of administrative tasks, including modules for installation, all system administration and configuration tasks, and subsequent system updates. The YaST interface that you use for installation is therefore very similar to the interfaces that you will use for system configuration and administrative tasks when you have completed your SUSE Linux installation. Powerful and well-designed, YaST will quickly become your friend.

Partitioning your disks

Package selection

Configuring your network

Creating a user

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