LinuxOrbit.com: Building a SuSE Linux 7.3 PC from Scratch.

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“This article will guide you through a basic SuSE 7.3
installation, and walk you through setting up a few of the Desktop
basics that many users require to feel comfortable with Linux as
their full time OS. I use my PC for Internet, e-mail, gaming, word
processing and general tinkering about. I’m on a small home
network, with a D-Link firewall providing DHCP IP addresses to my
PC to access a cable modem. I will guide you through getting the
Linux PC up and running with X Windowing system, getting online via
a LAN connection, upgrading your browser and email applications,
getting 3D video working for gaming, printer setup, and using a USB
digital camera to copy images to your PC.

With a little help from Santa this season, I acquired some parts
to rebuild my home PC. Building a PC, in terms of the hardware, is
no different with Linux then it is with any other OS. It is wise,
though, to get some info on hardware driver maturity and
availability for Linux. While I have found that more hardware is
recognized and properly configured “out of the box” from a new
install of your favorite Linux distro, than in Windows, those odd
hardware holdouts can be a major problem.

While this little step by step is specific to my hardware and
the installation of a Windows 2000/SuSE Linux 7.3 dual-boot PC,
hopefully some of the procedures will be of relevance to other
configurations. I have used whenever possible utilities bundled
with the SuSE distribution to install and configure the system. All
of the configuration’s and tweaks can be performed at the command
line of your console, and configuration files can be manually
edited using a command line editor (I prefer vi). However, in the
interest of assisting the new SuSE Linux user, I have focused on
the graphical install and configuration tool when possible. As you
become more comfortable with the system, you may find that you
prefer a simple command at the console to the launching of a
graphical tool. For the purposes of this article though, we’ll
stick to the colorful wizards and configuration tools.”

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