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Basic Linux. Group #3: Ahmad, Indra Tran, Darren Young, Kevin Yuan, Yiqian. Objectives. Installing Red Hat Linux 6.2 Remote Login FTP (File Transfer Protocol) VNC (Virtual Network Computing). Linux Installation. Linux Red Hat 6.2. Basic Installation & Getting Started.

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basic linux
Basic Linux

Group #3:

  • Ahmad, Indra
  • Tran, Darren
  • Young, Kevin
  • Yuan, Yiqian
  • Installing Red Hat Linux 6.2
  • Remote Login
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • VNC (Virtual Network Computing)
linux red hat 6 2

Linux Red Hat 6.2

Basic Installation


Getting Started

basic installation
Basic Installation
  • Uses Red Hat Linux 6.2, standard edition.
  • Contains Step by Step process designed for for first time Red Hat Linux 6.2 users.
quick facts
Quick Facts
  • Linux uses NativeLinux File System, so without setting up Samba it will not be able to access files using NTFS or FAT32.
  • LiLo (LInux LOader) overrides other OS boot options but is NOT compatible with WinNT.
  • A typical installation will be around 700MB.
  • USB drivers are not included in the package, USB drivers can be obtained at
hardware consideration
Hardware Consideration
  • Red Hat suggest that you write down the make, model, and size of your hardware before you install.
  • Red Hat 6.2 will automatically configure all supported hardware.
  • Hardware compatibility list can be found at
partition consideration
Partition Consideration
  • Installing Linux on it’s own hard drive
    • Before installing Linux, save the files you wish to keep as everything on that hard drive will be erased.
  • Installing Linux and other OS on the same hard drive
    • Partition the hard drive into at least two drives (using fdisk) before you install Linux.
    • If the hard drive is already partitioned, all files on the partitioned drive in which Linux will be installed will be lost.
to begin installation






installation dialog



shell prompt



install log

(messages from installation program)



system-related messages



other messages



X graphical display

To Begin Installation
  • Insert Boot Disk into floppy drive and restart computer.
  • When prompted: press [return] to use graphical installation.
  • Use the chart on the right to switch display types.

language and mouse selection
Language and Mouse Selection
  • Select the Language.
  • Select keyboard type.

mouse configuration
Mouse Configuration
  • Select the mouse type (scroll mouse does not seem to be supported).

installation type
Installation Type
  • Custom is personally HIGHLY recommended:
      • Allows LiLo configuration, a MUST for those also running WinNT.
      • Allows you to choose your partitioning scheme.
      • Allows you to install both Gnome and KDE GUI’s.

setting partitioning scheme
Setting Partitioning Scheme
  • Highlight the drive on which you wish to install Linux.
  • Select Delete to remove the current partition.

partitions to add
Partitions to Add
  • Add the following partitions:

Mount Point Type

/boot Linux Native

/Swap Linux Swap

/ Linux Native

Size of Partitions:

/boot -no more than 16M.

/Swap -at least 16M, size of your RAM is recommended.

/ -(a.k.a root) how ever much space is left on your hard drive, this is where your programs will be stored so it must be big enough to hold install programs.

formatting partitions
Formatting Partitions
  • Click on the partitions which you want to format
    • /boot
    • /
    • Any others you’ve added
    • Swap will not be an option
  • If you are confident of your hard drive, there should not be a need to check for bad sectors.

lilo configuration
LiLo Configuration
  • Running WinNT
    • Do Not install LiLo if you are running NT.
    • Create a boot disk.
  • Default boot from other OS
    • Click on write to MBR.
    • Highlight the boot image.
    • Click on <Default boot Image> box.

network configuration
Network Configuration
  • Only shows up if you have NIC card.
  • Obtain these numbers from your ISP.
  • If you do not have static IP or connections such as DSL, there will be no need to configure this screen.

time zone configuration
Time Zone Configuration

choosing passwords
Choosing Passwords
  • Root Password
    • Use login name: root.
    • Only a root/su (super user) access will allow you to configure Linux after installation.
  • Reminder: both Account Name and Password are case sensitive.

authentication configuration
Authentication Configuration
  • MD5 Password
    • allows a long password (up to 256 chars instead of 8).
  • Shadow Password
    • Retains passwords in /etc/shadow, which is only accessible by root.
  • Enable NIS: Allows you to run a group of computers in the same NIS (network information service) domain with common a password and group file.
    • NIS domain- specify domain your system belongs to.
    • NIS server- specifies the NIS server your computer uses.

packages to install
Packages to Install
  • X Window System is a MUST.
  • First time users should keeps those packages already selected.
  • Recommend installing both KDE and GNOME*.
  • You can choose to select individual packages to see what’s contained in each package. (not recommended).

*If your hard drive space is limited, KDE

seems to offer better utilities for first time


monitor selection
Monitor Selection

x configuration
X Configuration
  • Installer will most likely select the correct video card.
  • <Customize X Configuration> allows you to pick bits per pixel and the display size.
  • DO NOT forget to click on <Use Graphical Login>.
  • Always a good idea to Test Configuration before continuing.

point of no return
Point of No Return

boot disk creation
Boot Disk Creation
  • NT users must create a boot disk in order to boot up Linux.
  • Boot disk is recommended as sometimes things go wrong, especially if LiLo was not configured correctly.

and finally
And Finally
  • Remove disk from floppy and let system reboot.
  • After power up sequence is complete, you will see the boot prompt.


    • Press [Enter] – will boot LiLo’s default entry.
    • Enter boot label [Enter] – will boot appropriate entry (ie: linux [Enter], win [Enter].
    • ? – Lists available boot options.
    • Do nothing – after a few seconds LiLo will boot the default entry.

getting started

Getting Started

Configuring Linux

Red Hat Package Manager

changing configurations
Changing Configurations
  • At a shell window type: linuxconf
  • Linuxconf gives an easy GUI interface to configure your system.
programs in linux
“Programs” in Linux
  • Since Linux is open source, not every program you try to install will work as expected.
  • Redhat uses RPM (Redhat Package Manager) to allow easy management of linux packages/programs.
  • Try to download programs with the .RPM suffix:
    • RPM will check for package dependencies.
    • Packages are easy to install using RPM.
    • Packages that install files in different locations can be uninstalled cleanly.
    • A variety of information is contained in every package.
to install a package
To Install a Package
  • Use KDE GUI.
  • Download/obtain the desired program with .rpm suffix.
  • Click on the file and the kpackage program will automatically be launched.
  • Click Install.
starting kpackage
Starting Kpackage
  • Make sure you are using KDE GUI.
  • Click on the KDE icon  Utilities  kpackage.
  • Read a description about every package.
  • Easily search for installed packages.
  • Click on <Uninstall> to remove all files with in the package.
end of module
End Of Module

Back to Objectives

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Remote Login
  • Telnet
  • Rlogin
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Telnet is a service provided by many different types of computer systems to enable remote users to log in to their machines over TCP/IP networks.
  • The telnet service is available by default on Red Hat Linux systems.
  • Before user can use telnet to access the host computer from a remote site, the user needs to have a ‘user name’ and ‘password’ at the host computer.
This figure shows a host computer with IP address ( being accessed via Telnet from a remote computer.
  • User can either enter the IP address or the name of the host computer such as
Once connection has been established, it will ask for the user name and the password.
  • Remember, user needs to have an account at the host computer in order to access it from a remote location.
  • This figure shows a user enters the user name and the password in order to login to the host computer.
If the user enters the correct ‘user name’ and ‘password’, he/she will see the shell prompt.
  • In this figure, after the user types the user name (indra) and the password, he will see the shell prompt for the user named “indra”.
  • Once in the shell prompt, the user can execute any command from the remote location as though he/she is in the host computer.
  • The commands that the user can execute are based on the permission given by the network administrator.

Host Computer

Remote Computer

Windows 9X

Windows NT







some useful commands
Some Useful Commands
  • - a
    • Automatic login. With this option, user’s computer attempts to login to the remote computer using his/her local user name.
  • - l user
    • User name. This option is similar to the –a option, except that instead of using user’s current user name, he/she can ask to log in using any user name he/she choose.
  • Ctrl + ]
    • After user does connect to a remote computer, he/she can return to the telnet session at any time by typing this command.
  • It is recommended to use rlogin command between computers within an organization in which the computers are trusted and there are no connections to the outside world.
  • It provides a great way for people who work on multiple computers to easily exchange data.
  • It can be set up to do no-password logins.
setting up user for rlogin
Setting Up User for Rlogin
  • Individual can create a .rhost file in the user’s home directory.
  • This file can contain a list of host computers on which the user has accounts of the same name.
  • For example, a user named mike on the machine named banana also has a user login (of the same name) on computers named apple, orange, and grape. He adds the following entries to a .rhost file that looks like the following in the home directory on each computer.








Mike’s Home Directory

Mike’s Home Directory

  • .rhost file
    • banana
    • Apple
    • Orange
    • Grape
  • .rhost file
    • banana
    • Apple
    • Orange
    • Grape




Mike’s Home Directory

Mike’s Home Directory

  • .rhost file
    • banana
    • Apple
    • Orange
    • Grape
  • .rhost file
    • banana
    • Apple
    • Orange
    • Grape
using rlogin
Using Rlogin
  • In the command shell, user needs to type: rloginhostname
  • In the above, hostname is replaced by the computer that you want to log into.
  • Once connected, user can access his/her file from any computers that he/she has specified.
some rlogin commands
Some Rlogin commands
  • After you have started rlogin, you can use any of the following key sequences:
    • ~.

This causes the rlogin program to exit. User should use this option when the remote shell is hung or if he/she gets stuck at the login prompt (from a forgotten password or logged into the wrong system).

    • ~Ctrl+Shift+z

This puts the current rlogin session in the background, returning user to a local shell command line. To return to the suspended session, type fg.

comparison between telnet and rlogin
Comparison Between Telnet and Rlogin
  • Telnet is similar to rlogin but it can also be used to access a non-Unix system. Rlogin is available only on Unix, Linux, and other POSIX compliant systems.
  • If user connect to a remote Linux system using telnet, it presents him/her with a regular login: prompt, whereas rlogin assumes that your login name on the remote system matches that on your local system.
secure shell
Secure Shell
  • The Secure Shell (SSH) is a package that provides shell services similar to the telnet and rlogin commands, but encrypts the network traffic.
  • It uses private key cryptography, so it is ideal for use with Internet connected computers, unlike rlogin.
  • Before user can use SSH, he/she needs to install the package where it can be obtained for free in source code form, but its license does place some restrictions on its commercial use.
  • To download the package, user needs to go to

after installing ssh
After Installing SSH
  • Once SSH package is installed, user can access the host computer from the remote site by using the SSH command.
  • The host computer should also have the SSH package installed.
  • For example, to connect to the system, type:



  • If this is the first time user has ever logged into that system using SSH, it will ask him/her to confirm that he/she really wants to connect. Type yes and press Enter when it asks this:

Host key not found from the list of known hosts.

Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

  • It should then prompt user for a user name and password in the normal way. The connection will then function like a normal telnet connection. The only difference is that the information is encrypted as it travels over the network.
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Back to Objectives

  • Discuss configuration of Linux FTP Server.
  • Provide a basic understanding of controlling permission commands in the configuration of Linux FTP Server.
  • Familiarize oneself with FTP Administrative Tools.
configuring your ftp server
Configuring your FTP Server
  • Although the default configuration of the FTP server is reasonably secure, you can fine-tune access rights by editing the following files:
  • Ftpaccess
  • Ftpconversions
  • Ftphosts
  • Xferlog
  • Red hat users may find the first three files in /etc and fourth in /var/log.
  • With all these files, you can control who connects to your server, when they can connect, and where they can connect from.
  • The ftpaccess file is the most significant of these because it contains the most configuration options; however, misconfiguring any of the others can lead to denied service.
controlling access

Controlling Access

The ftpaccess file is the primary means of controlling who can access your server.

The ability to control user access to your site is a critical component in fine-tuning your anonymous FTP Server.

commands for controlling user access
Commands for controlling user access
  • The class command defines a class of users who can access your FTP server.
  • The autogroup command provides tighter controls of anonymous users by automatically assigning them a certain group permission when they log in.
  • The limit command enables you to control the number of users according to class and time of day.
  • The deny command enables you to explicitly deny service to certain hosts based on their names, their IP addresses.
  • The loginfails command enables you to disconnect clients after they’ve reached your predetermined number of failed login attempts, and by default, this number is five.
  • The following website has lots of FAQs with answers regarding to the controlling access

controlling permissions
Controlling Permissions
  • To tightly control the permissions of the files placed in the archive

-- Delete

tells the server whether FTP clients are authorized to delete files that reside on the server

-- Overwrite

Control whether FTP clients can upload files and replace existing files on the server

  • If you allow users to upload files to your server via FTP, you might want to set acceptable filenames.
  • Path-filter command can enforce this restriction.
  • Upload command determines the client’s permissions for placing a file in a specific directory.
ftp administrative tools
FTP Administrative Tools
  • Ftpshut

Eases the FTP server’s shutdown procedures, useful when running the server all the time.

  • Ftpwho

Displays all the active FTP users on the system.

  • Ftpcount

A simplified version of ftpwho, shows the current total of user in each class defined in ftpaccess.

  • The following website will show you examples of running these commands

ftp client
FTP Client
  • This picture is taken from WS_FTP, most other FTP clients will look similar.
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  • Virtual Networking Computing (VNC).
  • Remote display system which allows you to view a computing desktop environment, not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and a from a wide variety of machine architectures.
  • VNC was a piece of a larger very-thin-client hardware research project at the Olivetti Research Laboratory (ORL).
  • Started around 1993.
  • Teleporting was what is was called for the X-based predecessors to VNC.
  • Developed now by AT&T.
linux version
Linux Version
  • The VNC Linux was created by AT&T.
  • Linux users can now enjoy working on the desktops of foreign operating systems with relative ease.
  • Major components consists of: an X server (vncserver), a password utility (vncpasswd, and a network communication viewer (vncviewer).
other types of computers and operating systems for vnc
Other Types of Computers and Operating Systems for VNC
  • Windows CE 2
  • Solaris
  • Macintosh
  • Win32
  • DEC Alpha OSF1 3.2
  • Unix
linux vnc installation
Linux VNC installation
  • Go to
  • In the RPM search type in VNC
  • Download the file: vnc 3.3.3 - 4 .rpm
  • To work on the desktops of other computers, the host needs to download and install the VNC software for the desired platform. Any viewer however, can access any type of host.
vnc components
VNC Components
  • VNC consist of two types of component.
    • Server- which generates a display.
    • Viewer- which actually draws the display on your screen.
  • The server and the viewer may be on different machines and on different architectures.
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Linux Version
  • With Linux version of VNC, you can run multiple sessions and connect to different servers. Until you kill a VNC session, it retains its current state. It means that you can disconnect from a session, reconnect later, and return right where you left off. You can even share a session so multiple users can access it.
other types of remote display protocols
Other types of remote display protocols
  • X-windows system
  • Citrix’s ICA
  • Advantages over the two is that it is totally independent of operating system, windowing system, and applications.
advantages of vnc
Advantages of VNC
  • No state is stored at the viewer.
  • It is small and simple (less than 180KB).
  • It is truly platform-independent. It is compatible with any Java-capable browser.
  • It is sharable.
  • It is free.
disadvantages of vnc
Disadvantages of VNC
  • Bandwidth remains a constraint.
  • Colorful GUI’s clog a slow network.
  • pcAnywhere is faster on the supported machines, once properly configured.
  • To preserve its simplicity, VNC doesn’t currently integrate file transfer and printer service.
download sites for vnc
Download sites for VNC
x windows on mac win98 on x windows
X-windows on MAC, Win98 on X-windows

x windows on ie win98 on mac ie
X-Windows on IE, Win98 on Mac IE

win98 x windows on palm
Win98, X-Windows on Palm

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