"Have you ever set up a Linux box to talk on your network?
If not, then this lesson on Linux basics may help you understand
how to connect your Linux machine to your company's LAN."
"To make this process simple, we're going to set up the network
in the GUI. This way, we have a friendly user interface to use when
configuring the box to connect to the network. I personally use
GNOME, but you should find that you have the same experience if you
use another GUI, such as KDE."
"To start this lesson, you need to be logged into your machine
as root. If you have already signed onto the machine, open Xterm
and type in the su command to gain administrative privileges to
root. ... Now that we're in root, type in netconf in Xterm. A
window will appear labeled Network Configurator, which will allow
you to configure a TCP/IP network from scratch by using either an
Ethernet connection or modem. You'll have several areas to choose
from to put in information at this point. We'll start from the top
of the list and work our way down.