Welcome to the Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide!
By now, you should have read the Red Hat Linux Installation Guide and
successfully installed Red Hat Linux. This manual is designed to help new and
intermediate Linux users navigate and perform common tasks. Keep in mind
that Linux looks, feels, and performs differently from other operating
systems you may have used. Forget about the conventions of other operating
systems and, with an open mind, approach Red Hat Linux as a new, interesting, and
This manual is task-oriented. You will find useful tips, hints, warnings,
and screen shots interspersed throughout. First, you will learn the basics
of using Red Hat Linux, such as customizing a desktop, configuring a printer, and
getting online. Once the basics are covered, the tasks covered in this
manual become progressively more advanced.
Most users choose to work within either the GNOME or KDE graphical
desktop environments (other desktop environments are also available). The
Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide focuses primarily on how to perform tasks
in these two environments.
Topics discussed include:
Using the graphical desktop environment
Managing files and directories
Working with documents
Using the Web and email
Working with a digital camera
After conquering the basics of your Red Hat Linux system, you may need
information on more advanced topics. You can find this information in the
Red Hat Linux Customization Guide, the Red Hat Linux Reference Guide, the
Red Hat Linux System Administration Primer, and the Red Hat Linux Security Guide.
HTML and PDF versions of the Red Hat Linux manuals are available on the Red Hat Linux
Documentation CD and online at https://www.redhat.com/docs/.
Although this manual reflects the most current information possible,
you should read the Red Hat Linux Release Notes for
information that may not have been available prior to our documentation
being finalized. They can be found on the Red Hat Linux CD #1 and online
1. Changes to This Manual
This manual has been expanded to include new features in Red Hat Linux 9
as well as topics requested by our readers. Changes to this
- Working with Digital Cameras
This new chapter discusses using a digital camera with
- Configuring Date and Time
A chapter on configuring your system time, your time zone, and
how to connect to a network time server to get accurate time and
date information for your Red Hat Linux system has been moved from the
Red Hat Linux Customization Guide to this manual.
- Diskettes and CD-ROMs
This chapter now includes information about backing up files
to CD-R and CD-RW media using CD
Creator in Nautilus.
- Working with Documents
This chapter includes information on editing text files in a
graphical environment (with gEdit) and
at a shell prompt (with vi).
- Using the Graphical Desktop
This chapter has been modified to reflect the new desktop
environment and the various ways you can use and configure it,
including how to change your desktop background, manage your
printer, and more.