In this chapter we turn to the configuration decisions you'll need to make
when connecting your Linux machine to a TCP/IP network, including dealing
with IP addresses, hostnames, and routing issues. This chapter gives you the
background you need in order to understand what your setup requires, while
the next chapters cover the tools you will use.
To learn more about TCP/IP and the reasons behind it, refer to the
three-volume set Internetworking with TCP/IP, by
Douglas R. Comer (Prentice Hall). For a more detailed guide to managing
a TCP/IP network, see TCP/IP Network Administration
by Craig Hunt (O'Reilly).