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1. Introduction

The main goal of this document obviously is to make the new user friendly with the many terms of connecting your Linux PC up to the Internet, obtaining IP addresses, domain names, and setting things up. This guide is intended for the intermediate user in mind, although intelligent newbies shouldn't have any problems.

1.1 New versions of this document

New versions of this document will be periodically posted to comp.os.linux.answers. They will also be added to the various anonymous FTP sites who archive such information, including:

In addition, you should generally be able to find this document on the Linux Documentation Project page via:

1.2 Feedback

I certaintly welcome any feedback about this HOWTO, spelling mistakes, how it all worked out, thankyou notes and critisisms. I hope I helped a few people with this HOWTO, and if I did, I'd be really happy to hear from you.

1.3 Standard Disclaimer

No liability for the contents of this documents can be accepted. Use the concepts, examples and other content at your own risk. As this is a new edition of this document, there may be errors and inaccuracies, that may of course be damaging to your system. Proceed with caution, and although this is highly unlikely, I don't take any responsibility for that.

Naturally, there are probably better and easier ways to do things in this document. There will always be another way in the Linux World. This is the way I've done things, and that's the way I'll be presenting them in this HOWTO.

1.4 Copyright Information

This document is copyrighted (c)1997 Michael Strates and distributed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, which can be obtained from

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