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SUSE Linux 10 network configuration tips

To configure SUSE Linux 10, the second step is to set up the network interface card (NIC).

If any network interface cards have been detected in the SUSE Linux 10 system, you will be asked to configure them for network access (see Figure 1-22). By default, YaST sets the first Ethernet card it finds as your system's primary Ethernet interface and assigns it an address that is configured via the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

You can find discussions about DHCP servers in Chapter 20.

SuSE Linux 10 password screen shot
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SuSE Linux 10 network configuration screen shot
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For most people using SUSE Linux 10 in a business environment, a DHCP server may already be running, and an address, domain name system (DNS) server list, and router configuration will already be available. Home users and users setting up a server system will find it necessary to configure these details manually. Home users with simple broadband or dial-up connections often automatically receive this information from their Internet service providers (ISPs) and therefore may not need to change these settings.

To change the network card's configuration, click "Network Interfaces" and select the network card in question (if you have multiple network cards), and click the Edit button. A screen similar to the one shown in Figure 1-23 appears. In this example configuration, we set the IP address of the network card to, with a router/gateway of and a DNS server of If you are unfamiliar with these terms at this stage, see Chapter 6 for additional information.

To change the network card's configuration from automatic to manual, select Static address setup. This enables you to edit the IP and subnet mask fields. As you can see in Figure 1-23, we have set the IP address/netmask to that of the SUSE Linux network configuration we talked about in the preceding paragraph.

SuSE Linux 10 network address setup screen shot
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Running your SUSE 10 installation

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Configuring your root password
 Step 2: Configuring your network access
 Step 3: Setting up your host and DNS addresses
 Step 4: Configuring the default gateway
 Step 5: Testing your connection and online updates
 Step 6: Configuring your modem
 Step 7: ISDN and ADSL connections
 Step 8: Adding a new user
 Step 9: SuSEconfig
 Step 10: Reviewing the release notes
 Step 11: Configuring your hardware
 Step 12: Graphics and sound card configuration

The above tip on SUSE Linux network configuration is excerpted from from Chapter 1, "Installing SUSE 10" our original excerpt of The SUSE Linux 10 Bible by Justin Davies, courtesy of Wiley Publishing. This chapter explains how to successfully install SUSE 10 on your box. Find it helpful? Buy it on Amazon.

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