ALT Linux 2.3 Compact

User Guide

AlexanderšBokovoy, StanislavšIevlev, GeorgešKouriachy, DmitryšLevin, AlekseišNovodvorsky, AlexanderšProkoudine, AlekseišSmirnov, OlegšVlasenko, MichaelšZabalujev

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
What Is Linux
What Is ALT Linux
Technical Support
2. System Installation
Introduction to the Installation Program
Choice of Language
Acceptance of License Terms
Mouse Setup
Keyboard Setup
Disk Partitioning and Choice of Mount Points
Direct Hard Drive Partition Management
Choice of Partitions to Format
Choice of Packages for Installation
Administrator's (root) password
Adding a User
Automatic System Logon
Network Configuration
Checking Various Parameters (a Resume)
X Window System Configuration
3. System Setup and Administration
Administration Basics
User Management
Hardware Support
System Boot Setup
Filesystem Management
What to Do in Unexpected Situations
Program Installation and Uninstallation (Package Management)