Linux - Jnos Setup and Configuration HOW-TO
By John Martin KF8KK
Configure Linux System
|Now we are told it's time to configure the Linux system.
You will be prompted with numerous screens where you will setup networking, hostname, and other facets of Linux.
Before we decide on which kernel to use, the program has to know where the kernels are. We select CDROM to use the kernel from the Slackware CD.
Since there are quite a few different kinds of computers, and various configurations, there are correspondingly various linux kernels. In fact, you can compile your own custom linux kernel if you so desire (but not at this point in the process).
In the case of my computer, I selected the default '/cdrom/kernels/bare.i/bzimage' kernel. This is a rather generic kernel and should be used for most systems.
If you have some more sophisticated hardware (raid arrays, serial-ata hard drives, scsi drives, etc) you may want to select one of the other kernels.
|Next, you will be prompted to create a floppy boot
disk. This is a nice safequard in the event of
Insert a floppy in the drive and hit ENTER.
|You will now be prompted for information about your
if you have one. This is for the modem use with LINUX which is
totally separate than using it with Jnos. Most Jnos installations would NOT have a modem,
but if you do-- tell it what you have.
Next, you will be prompted with the option of enabling 'hotplug' on bootup if you installed the hotplug package. Hotplug is similar to the auto-detection of 'plug-n-play' and in few cases would be desirable on a Jnos node.
On some machines, however, hotplug will 'hang' your boot process. Roll the dice as to whether you want to enable this or not. For most Jnos installations, you're best off NOT enabling it-- as you're unlikely to be adding/removing hardware routinely.
|You should now be at the 'Install Lilo Boot
Lilo is the program that tells your machine to run Linux... or tells it to run another operating system-- it's the heart of the 'dual' in 'dual boot'. Of course, it's also required for the 'boot' portion.
|Over the years, I've installed Lilo in both the Master Boot Record
and also the Superblock, both have worked fine for me.
Since they default to highlight the 'Superblock', perhaps the authors of Slackware know something I don't-- so I went with 'Superblock' this time.
If you install to the superblock, you may need to rerun 'cfdisk' and make sure the /dev/hd2 partition has the 'bootable' flag set for Lilo to work. If you reboot and the startup looks like a standard DOS startup, then you need to make that change.
|I'm a cautious type and always tell Lilo to use the standard console-- Lilo isn't supposed to be pretty, just useful and if you set this for a mode that's not compatible with your machine, you're in for some serious work trying to get your machine to boot up.|
|The next screen is the mouse configuration.
your mouse and hit ENTER. In most cases you will be using a
'ps2' type of mouse.
This menu doesn't always come up depending on what programs you have selected to install. Don't fret if you're not asked about your mouse.
|NEXT --> Linux Network Configuration|
Obtaining The Software
Installing a DOS partition
Slackware Installation A
Slackware Installation B
Linux Network Configuration
Starting Slackware Linux
Basic Jnos Installation
Jnos Localization & Config