Chapter 1. Steps to Get You Started


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. The Release Notes can be found on the Red Hat Linux CD #1 and online at:

1.1. Do You Have the Right Components?

If you have purchased a Red Hat Linux product from Red Hat, Inc., you are ready to go. However, mistakes occasionally happen, so now is a good time to double-check the contents of your product.

A Registration Information card is included with your product. A list of the contents of your boxed set version is on the back of the card. Read over the list and check to make sure that you have all of the installation media (such as CD-ROMs) and manuals that are included with the version of Red Hat Linux that you purchased.

If you have purchased a Red Hat Linux product from Red Hat (or one of our distributors), and you are missing one or more of the items listed, please let us know. Contact information is also available on the Registration Information card.

How to identify a Red Hat boxed set: The bottom of our box has an ISBN number next to one of the bar codes. That ISBN number should be in this form:


(The x and y will be unique numbers.)

Red Hat partners with companies (international and domestic) so that we can make Red Hat Linux available to you in the most convenient form. Because of these partnerships, you might find that your Red Hat Linux product may not have been actually produced by Red Hat.

If your product has a different ISBN number (or none at all), you must contact the company that produced it. Normally, third-party producers include their logo and/or contact information on the outside of their box; a Red Hat product lists only our name and contact information.

1.1.1. Where to Find Other Manuals

If your particular product did not include all of the printed Red Hat Linux manuals, you can find them online or on the Red Hat Linux Documentation CD included with your Red Hat Linux product.

To find the manuals in both HTML and PDF formats online, go to:

1.1.2. Registering Your Product

If you have purchased a Red Hat product, you should register it. Registration offers many useful services, such as installation support, access to Red Hat Network, and more. To register your product, go to:

You will find your Product ID on the Registration Information card in your Red Hat Linux product. Once registered, you will have access to all the extras that Red Hat provides to its registered users.

For more information on registering and the scope of Red Hat's technical support offerings, see Appendix C Getting Technical Support.

1.1.3. No Boxed Set? No Problem!

Of course, not everyone purchases a Red Hat Linux boxed set. It is entirely possible to install Red Hat Linux using a CD created by another company, or even via FTP. In these cases, you may need to create one or more diskettes to get started.

For information on downloading and installing Red Hat Linux, refer to:

For people installing Red Hat Linux from a CD-ROM not from Red Hat, you may need a boot diskette (also referred to as a boot disk), and if you are using a PCMCIA device during the installation (such as a laptop), a PCMCIA driver diskette. You may also be able to start the installation directly from the CD-rom. We will discuss this in more detail when we outline the various installation methods. For more information on making a boot CD-ROM, see Section 1.4.2 Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM. For information on making diskettes, see Section 1.4.3 Making an Installation Boot Diskette.