First Linux Install

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  1. SmAssher

    SmAssher Umm....Mooo?

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    I'm installing Redhat 7.0 on my old computer. This is the first time I have installed any distro of linux, so is there anything really important you think I should know?
     
  2. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    don't give up ;)
     
  3. Dommi

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    when you get the pop up screen to register with redhat. expect an hour wait on the phone for a red hat registration representative. oh and if you didnt save the receipt with the special security code, you will have to travel to finland for a new one
     
  4. SmAssher

    SmAssher Umm....Mooo?

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    Argh, I was trying to install the linux drivers for my modem, but it doesn't feel like installing. It says that it is a different architexture. Help plz..heh.
     
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    Make sure you download the drivers built for your box. What kind of box do you have and what is the name of the file you downloaded?
     
  6. SmAssher

    SmAssher Umm....Mooo?

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    Well, I got the modem working.
    I downloaded the drivers for the wrong kernel..oops..lol.
    The box I am running linux on is just my old computer...
    AMD Athlon 600mhz, 256mb SDRAM, 20gb HDD (i think its fuxored cause Redhat freezes up on me sometimes :confused: )
    Voodoo 3
    SoundBlaster Live!


    Also, I am not used to the Linux file system, so where would I save my files? Do I just stick them in random directories or what?
     
  7. Dommi

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    ummm.....
    few things.
    dont use the root user on logon
    log on as a user with a uid greater than 10.
    anything less than ten and it is superuser
    1 is root
    if you have to access a program using root.
    use the
    su
    or sudo
    commands.
    that said, when you have a user. you have a home directory.
    usually
    /home/%user%
    you can keep your files there
    I have a habit of putting ready to install files in my /opt directory
    you can also add new directories
    I added to 60 GB drives, put the entries for them in the fstab and mounted them
    now I have 2 root level folders aptly named /warez and /pron
    :naughty:
     
  8. SmAssher

    SmAssher Umm....Mooo?

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    Alright,
    1. How do I set my accounts uid?
    2. How do I make another account?
     
  9. Dommi

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    1. you dont have to
    2. type this "man useradd"
    read it.
     
  10. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    [move]:rofl:[/move]

    dude, i've got the exact same two root folder names no my SuSE box!! That's funny, and it's even spelled "pron" :big grin:
     
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    Is there any other reason not to run as root except for the "you can screw up your system without it warning you" thing?
     
  13. Dommi

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    if you have all of your services running as root, you run the risk that local or remote intrusion could take a lot more out.

    ie if someone hacked you when you had everything logged in as root, all those vulnerabilities that would have only allwed access to what was given in the acl, would allow global access
     
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    I see. I wonder how secure I am to an attempted hack. :dunno:
     
  15. Dommi

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    ask a hacker
    :dunno:
     
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    I don't know any.
     
  17. Dommi

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    then learn the trade and become the next mitnik
     
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    :rofl:

    It funny you say that. I watch shows about Mitnik and Captain Crunch and other famous founders of hacking that expose how they did what they did. Back then everything was so wide open and "primitive" it looks easy to hack. I know everything isn't always as it appears, but it really seems that way when you can use a little toy you get in a cereal box to "hack" the telephone networks and make free calls. Present day, companies have done a 180 on security and all you hear about it security news, flaws and fixes. It just isn't as easy to expose systems these days.
     
  19. Dommi

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    you do realize that the nsa detects atleast 30 thousand attempted hacks to their networks a year.

    you can count the number of people imprisoned in those attempted hacks on your hands and toes
     
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    I'm not saying people get come down on. I'm just saying hacking isn't as easy as it was in the early days of computing. I am curious about hacking though. From what I do understand, by learning that art you learn a lot about how computers, esp networks, work.
     

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