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Red Hat Linux Clean Install - The Whole Enchilada

This is my detailed(!) step-by-step, clean install and testing of Red Linux 7.3, including telnet, wu-FTP, Samba, Apache, a virtual web server, Perl, PHP, MySQL, and the lines from the various configuration and test files.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 Install Log 9/12/02

Downloaded first three Red Hat (RH) CD Image ISO files from http://www.linuxiso.org/ and burned CD’s.

Started with a clean 6.4 GByte hard disk. No partitions.

Went into the motherboard set-up and changed the boot sequence to boot to the CD-ROM drive.


Pressed Enter to choose first item in the first menu: Install or Upgrade in the Graphical Mode.

Welcome Screen – Next

Language Selection – English (default) - Next

Keyboard Configuration – changed to Generic 104-key PC; left default of U.S. English - dead keys Enabled (default) – Next

Mouse Configuration – changed to Generic 2 Button Mouse (PS/2) and unchecked Emulate 3 Buttons – Next

Install Options – Custom, not an Upgrade – Next

Choosing Your Partitioning Strategy – Manually partition with Disk Druid – Next

Highlighted Free under /dev/hda - has 6150 MBytes of Free space
Clicked the New button
Mount Point = /
File System Type = ext3 (default)
Allowable drives = default - just the one in the computer
Size MB = 5631 (6150 - 512 for swap)
Fixed size
Rest (default) unchecked

Left 518 Free Space (close enough; should be 2 x memory; has 256 MBytes of memory)
Highlighted it
Clicked the New button
Mount Point = blank
File System Type = swap
Allowable drives = default - just the one in the computer
Size MB = 1 (left at default)
Fill to maximum allowable size selected
Rest (default) unchecked

Allocated 518 to swap and there is no more Free space

Bootloader Installation - left everything default
Use Grub as the boot loader
Install Boot Loader record on /dev/hda1 Master Boot REcord (MBR)
Default Boot Image: Red Hat Linux

GRUB Password - left default = no GRUB password - Next

Network Configuration - left at default (DHCP and activate at boot) - its less overall work to change it after Lunx is up - Next

Firewall Configuration - selected No firewall (the router does that function) - Next

Language Support Selection - English (USA) (default) - Next

Time Zone Selection - America/New York Eastern Time (default) - Next

Account Configuration - Entered and Confirmed a password for Root - Next

Authentication Configuration
Enable ND5 passwords = checked (default)
Enable shadow passwords = checked (default)
Enable NIS = unchecked (default)
LPAD = all blank (default)
Kerberos5 = all blank (default)
Enable SMB Authentication = checked
SMB Server = samba

Selecting Package Groups
Printing Support = checked (default)
Classic X Window System = checked (default)
X Widow System = checked (default)
Laptop support = unchecked (default)
GNOME = checked (default)
KDE = unchecked (default)
Sound and Multimedia Support = unchecked (don't need it)
Network Support = checked (default)
Dialup Support = checked (default)
Messaging and Web tools = checked (default)
Graphics and Image Manipulation = unchecked (default)
News Server = unchecked (default)
NFS File Server = unchecked (default)
Windows File Server = checked (default)
Anonymous FTP Server = checked
SQL Databse Server = checked
Web Server = checked
Router/Firewall = unchecked (default) (done by router)
DNS Name Server = unchecked (default) (done by router)
Network Managed Workstation = unchecked (default)
Authoring and Publishing = unchecked (default)
EMACS = unchecked (default - I'll use qedit)
Utilities = checked
Legacy Application Support = unchecked (default)
Software Development = unchecked (default)
Kernel Development = unchecked (default)
Windows Compatibility/Interoperability = unchecked (default)
Games and Entertainment = unchecked (default)
Everything = unchecked (default)
Selected Individual Packages = checked

Selecting Individual Packages - added the following:
Databases - mysql, msql-devel, mysql-server, mysqlclient9
System - samba-swat
Languages - php-mysql

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