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in X,  open a console, type netconf, and you should get a graphical user interface to setup your network.
Now, there is much more to it than just this. If for some reason, during setup, you chose NOT to install networking , you will have to go through a bit more trouble. Generally though, you should come right with just netconf.
PS, I am working on RedHat 6.1, but I presume it should apply to almost all distro's.

PPS, you *might* have to recompile the kernel, but don't try that unless you know what you're doing or you know someone that does.
Linuxconf will do it all, assuming that you have a supported card.



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for slackware but it can be compatible with other distribution
1) uncomment /etc/rc.d/rc.modules to fire the module that concern your card ( for ne2000 compatible you must know the physical add - if you don't know it , simply boot with the net.i boot disk it will search for different kind of card . If it don't see a card then you have a conflict with the addresses that you must resolve in the bios setup - frequent with old isa cards - and verify if they don't utilise irq 3, that's a very bad idea .
2) verify if you have the request module in /lib/modules/net, if not you must find him in your distribution disk or recompile your kernel ( that seems an hard work but if you know what you will and what you do it's quiet simple )
3) reboot and verify if the kernel recognize your card
4) the last thing to do, is to attribute your IP information on your card - go to /ect/rc.d/rc.inet1 edit it and fill in your own parameters.
5) execute rc.inet1 or reboot - after that with executing:
'ifconfig ' you must see an eth0 with your parameters
'netsat -n' different routes to your own segment or to going to the outside world if you have GW's.
' ping <a-pc-of-your segment-number>' lets you see if you can sending packets to an other machine
6) edit also:
'/etc/HOSTNAME' with the name of your 'pc.domain'
'/etc/NETWORKING' with 'yes'
'/etc/hosts' if you want to use names in place of IP addresses
7) if you have access to a DNS edit the '/etc/resolv.conf'
.... for all other services like NIS, ...

8)remarque: if you want dynamical address you must have a DHCP serveur ( like the cable providers) and install a DHCP client on your PC in place of configure your card manualy

voila , i think that's all

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