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I'm super new to Linux from Windows xp. I just installed Debian/GNU and now I just want to have a web browser in Linux as i did in windows. Don't forget my level of experience is ultra minimal. I don't know how to go about this, but I DO notice that my cablemodem that I connect with is working when I'm in Linux. I just don't know how to do what it takes so I can eventually just type the address and make it go there. I apologize for the simplicity of the question. I use cox as my cable modem provider.
first open a terminal (command prompt)
type: ping www.google.com
that will tell you if it is working, if not type: ifconfig (as root) and post output here
if it did work you can use mozilla, mozilla and galeon are most common and arguably best browsers, if you cannot find it on a menu type: mozilla in a terminal while in x-windows.
if all else fails you can use lynx in a command prompt and download a mozilla package somewhere (lynx is text based web browser.)
I'm not sure if your answer will be in here, but it can't hurt to read even if it isn't. I'm giving the URL of the chapter dealing with connecting to internet, but I'd suggest you read the entire thing since it's so... well, educational.
I second that, and will also refrain from making any suggestions from now on, since I really don't know anything about Debian (and my apologies for butting in). Some last gasps from yours truly: what happens when you type "ifconfig eth0"? Or "ifconfig eth0 up"?