From booting up to shutting down, whether you are working or
playing, Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides tools and applications
to help you get the most out of your computing environment. This
chapter guides you through some basic tasks that you can perform on
your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
The first time you start your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system,
the Setup Agent is presented. The
Setup Agent guides you through the
configuration of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. Using this
tool, you can set your system time and date, add users to your
system, install software, register your machine with the Red Hat
Network, and more. Setup Agent allows
you to configure your environment at the beginning, so that you can
get started using your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system quickly.
Figure 1-2. License Agreement
The Setup Agent first prompts you to
read and agree to the License Agreement, which discusses your
rights in using Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Click Yes, I agree to the License Agreement and click
Next to continue.
You must agree to the License Agreement
to continue using Red Hat Enterprise Linux. If you choose No, I do not agree at the License Agreement screen,
the machine prompts you to either re-read the agreement or decline
and shutdown your system. You cannot use Red Hat Enterprise Linux
without first agreeing to the License Agreement.
Figure 1-3. Date and Time Configuration
The Setup Agent allows you to
manually set your machine's date and time, which adjusts the clock
on your computer's BIOS (Basic Input
Output System). To set the day, month, and year on your system, use
the calendar interface. To set your time in hours, minutes, and
seconds, use the provided text boxes.
Figure 1-4. Network Time Protocol
You may also synchronize your date and time automatically with a
network time server — a computer
that sends accurate date and time settings to your system through a
network connection. Select, the Network Time
Protocol, check the box labeled Enable
Network Time Protocol, and use the drop-down menu to select a
time server. Once you have set your time and date, click Next to continue.
Next, configure your display. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
auto-detects your monitor and loads the correct driver. If you
would like to choose another driver, click on the Configure... button and browse the list of
available drivers. Select the resolution of your screen and click
Next to continue.
Figure 1-6. Red Hat Network Registration Client
You must register your system with Red Hat Network to continue.
Red Hat Network provides automatic updates of your Red Hat
Enterprise Linux system, including security updates. If you have
already registered with Red Hat Network, enter your account
information in the appropriate field. If you have never registered,
choose I don't have a Red Hat login. I need to
create one.. Click Next — if you
need to create a Red Hat login, the Red Hat
Update Agent launches. After you have entered your Red Hat
login information, the Setup Agent
continues to the next screen.
To activate an existing Red Hat subscription, enter the
Activation Number in the appropriate
field. Otherwise, select I do not have a
subscription number. Click Next to
Next, you should create a user account to use on a routine
basis. It is not recommended to log in to your root account for
common computing tasks, as you may damage your system or
unintentionally delete a file. The Setup
Agent lets you enter a username, an optional full name for the
account, and a password (which you must enter twice). This creates
a user account that you can use to log into your Red Hat Enterprise
Linux system and which has its own home directory on the system to
The Setup Agent probes your system
for sound cards and attempts to configure the correct settings for
use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. You can then click the Play test sound button to play a sound sample. If
you can hear the sample, select OK and
your sound card configuration is complete.
Figure 1-10. Installing Additional Software
To install Red Hat Enterprise Linux RPM packages that you did
not install during installation, software from third-party
providers, or documentation from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Documentation CD, you can do so at the Additional CDs screen. Insert the CD containing the
software or documentation you want to install, click the Install... button, and follow the instructions.
If you are installing a package from the Red Hat Enterprise
Linux Installation CDs, you must insert CD 1, click the Install... button, choose the package(s) or
component you want to install, and, if
prompted, change the CD.
Figure 1-11. Finish Setup
Now that your system is configured, you are ready to log in and
start using Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Press Forward to exit the Setup