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Old 02-07-2002, 12:58 PM   #1
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Red Hat 7 Help/Tips needed plz

Hi there,

I just installed Red hat 7, my first time using Linux. I did use Unix in College but that was like 5 years ago, so I pratically lost most of the commands.

My first question is:
Is there an easy way to configure my Cable connection?
or just be directed to the a great place to get this info.

Should I build and configure a Firewall in Linux?

geez I had more questions but I just can't remember them right now, doh!

Well Thanks in advance
Old 02-07-2002, 02:46 PM   #2
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Setting up your cable ISP is easy, just follow these steps. (This is for my AT&T cable modem setup, but should be good for most any cable ISP).

Become Root on the system and type 'setup'. A window will appear with a list of setup utilities, choose 'network configuration'. Your ISP is probably assigning IP's using DHCP, so just click the checkbox to have your system use it.
Then edit /etc/resolv.conf (if it doesn't exist you can create it by typing "touch /etc/resolv.conf") In here you will add your ISP's domain name and your primary and secondary nameserver IP's (this information should have been provided to you by your ISP). The file will look like this:

nameserver {primary nameserver ip}
nameserver {secondary nameserver ip}

Now from the command line type "ping" and you should be able to ping Sun's website. If not type "ifconfig -a" and verify that your ethernet card has an IP address assigned to it. If it doesn't type "service network restart" and wait for it to restart (you'll see it run the job). Once it's restarted type "ifconfig -a" again to verify your ethernet card. Once verified try pinging again. You should now be connected to the net.

You can get Unix references from,, or a search on Google for "Unix commands" should yield plenty of sites.

Good luck! :-)
Old 02-07-2002, 09:56 PM   #3
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That's just what I needed

I have my internet going now.

Now I have another question
How do I to remove packages from KDE, I know how in Gnome but I'm not using that.

Because I want to add some more but it says I don't have enough room on the HD, I checked my HD and it still has over 500 MBs. So the packages I want to install only goes up to 200MB, to me it's doesn't make any sense.

Can someone help me out on these.
Thanks again, you guys are great and I'm not just saying that because I am begging for help, it's that the info I found here has helped me a lot so far

Oh I almost forgot, it found my NIC with ease and it's not even a brand name because people said I would have a hard time getting it installed(mounted) but for me it wasn't the case, it's using a Realtek Driver. Figure that one out, LOL

excuse my english typing, french person here

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Old 02-07-2002, 10:14 PM   #4
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Hi french person, what exactly do you mean uninstall packages from (within) KDE? I believe it's the same way you remove them withing GNOME, if the issue is in the GUI to use, then the answer is I'd suggest not using any GUI, go with the console
become root with su
rpm -e package_name
without .rpm extension, it will remove the package package_name if all dependencies are satisfied
Old 02-08-2002, 08:35 AM   #5
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Unhappy well...

I think I'll reinstall Linux but I have a few questions before doing that, here's what I have for my PC:
I have a 7.95 GIG HD with Windows 98SE on it(no Partitions) and I have another with 1.18 GIG HD currently have Red Hat on it.

When I first installed Red Hat, it showed something about putting up or down for Root and Swap.
If I remember a bit about that setup is that the Root would take about 600MB(I think) and the Swap at around 30MB(I think)
I'm not sure if this helps any with the setup or not.

Now my question is
How big should those be and is 1.18 GIG big enough?
(I thought so)
Which is better KDE or Gnome?


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