Welcome to the Official Red Hat Linux zSeries Installation Guide.
The Official Red Hat Linux zSeries Installation Guide contains useful
information to assist you during the installation of Red Hat Linux. From
fundamental concepts such as installation preparation (gathering
information about your current system) to the step-by-step installation
procedure, this book will be a valuable resource as you install Red Hat Linux.
This manual will walk you through a typical S/390 zSeries installation.
Once you have completed the installation as outlined in this manual, you
will have a fully functioning Red Hat Linux desktop system.
When you read this manual, you will see that certain words are represented in
different fonts, typefaces, sizes and weights. This highlighting is systematic;
different words are represented in the same style to indicate their inclusion in
a specific category. The types of words that are represented this way include
Linux commands (and other operating system commands, when used)
are represented this way. This style should indicate to you that
you can type in the word or phrase on the command line and press
[Enter] to invoke a command. Sometimes a command
contains words that would be displayed in a different style on
their own (like filenames). In these cases, they are considered
to be part of the command, so the entire phrase will be displayed
as a command. For example:
Use the cat testfile command to view the
contents of a file, named testfile, in the
current working directory.
Filenames, directory names, paths, and RPM package names are
represented this way. This style should indicate that a
particular file or directory exists by that name on your Red Hat Linux
The .bashrc file in your home directory
contains bash shell definitions and aliases for your own use.
The /etc/fstab file contains information
about different system devices and filesystems.
The /usr/share/doc directory contains
documentation for various programs.
Install the webalizer RPM if you want to use
a Web server log file analysis program.
This style should indicate to you that the program named is an
end-user application (as opposed to system software). For
Use Netscape Navigator to browse
A key on the keyboard is shown in this style. For example:
To use [Tab] completion, type in a character and
then press the [Tab] key. Your terminal will
display the list of files in the directory that start with that
- Combinations of keystrokes
A combination of keystrokes is represented like this: [key]-[key]. For
The [Ctrl]-[Alt]-[Backspace] key combination will restart
the X Window System.
- Sequences of commands in Graphical User Interface (GUI) menus
If you need to type in a sequence of commands from a GUI menu,
they'll be shown similar to the following example:
to start the Emacs text editor.
Additionally, we use several different strategies to draw your attention
to certain pieces of information. In order of how critical the
information is to your system, these items will be marked as a note, a
caution, or a warning. For example:
Remember that Linux is case sensitive. In other words, a rose is not
a ROSE is not a rOsE.
Do not do routine tasks as root — use a regular user account
unless you need to use the root account to administer your system.
If you choose not to partition manually, a server-class installation
will remove all existing partitions on all installed hard drives.
Do not choose this installation class unless you are sure you have no
data you need to save.