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The Windows Administrator's 10-Minute Guide to Installing Red Hat Linux : Page 4

Linux has become increasingly attractive, not only as a low-cost platform for hosting Web servers, but also as a target for desktop development efforts. If you would like to run Linux, but you're only familiar with Windows, you can follow this step-by-step guide to get Red Hat Linux installed and configured on a machine running Windows.


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Create Accounts and Select Applications
Next, you will be asked to create a "Root account password". This is where you assign the System Administrator password. Do not use "Admin", or "Administrator", or any common or easily guessed password; use a best-practice combination of letters (both upper and lower case) and numbers. For example, "MaT2003rix" is easy to remember (if you liked the movie and you've been itching for the sequel as much as we have). You should also create a normal user account for yourself, and a manager account, with no special rights, called "admin". To create user accounts, just press the Add button on the right hand side of the screen.

The next step is optional and you may skip it if you like. Red Hat includes a number of free applications that you can opt to install at this point; you can install them all or skip them all. We recommend that you install at least these five:

  1. Editors—Contains text edit programs.
  2. Windows File Server—Contains server applications for connecting to the Linux server via the Microsoft file manager.
  3. FTP Server—For users that cannot use (or don't want to use) the Microsoft network browser to access their home directories.
  4. Development Tools—Tools used to build new applications on your server.
  5. System Tools—Useful Administrator tools.
When going through the list you can find out more about each application by clicking the "Details" button just to the right of each application." You should have plenty of disk space if you followed the minimum installation requirements.

Note: If you decide to install software packages other than those listed above, you might be asked to insert one of the other CD-ROMs that you created earlier—you did label them didn't you?

After you have selected the packages you want to install, the system is ready to start copying files. Press "Next" to launch the installation. Post-Install Tasks
After the installation, you'll get a chance to create a boot-disk. If someday, for whatever reason, the system can't boot from the hard drive, you'll need that disk. Don't skip this step!


After creating the boot-disk, remove any CD-ROMs from the system and then press "Exit" to reboot the system. Monitor the first boot-up carefully. If all goes well (and it usually does), login to the system using the administrator (root) user and the password you created earlier. If, despite your best attempts, you have forgotten the password, there are ways of setting up a new root password without having to do a whole reinstallation. We will not cover root password recovery in this article; however you can find more information by searching the Web for "Linux root password recovery".



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