Byte.com: Connecting Linux To The InternetJun 01, 1999, 10:07 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Orbaker)
Thanks to Rajiv for this link.
"In this article, we'll connect our Linux systems to the Internet. This is normally one of the first things that most Linux users want to do and certainly a logical step for an operating system born on the Internet. This first article will establish the network connection only and not configure any other services."
Here is a introductory-HOWTO type of article.