Connecting Your Linux Box to the Internet
If you want more information about connecting to the Internet, I recommend the following books:
Connecting To the Internet, O'Reilly & Associates, ISBN 1-56592-061-9. Covers all aspects of connecting and offers a general overview of how data travels through the Internet, the different types of available hardware, how to choose an Internet service provider, and the trade-offs of dial-up IP vs. 56 kbps connections.
Canadian Internet Handbook 1994 Edition, Prentice Hall Canada, ISBN 0-13-304395-9. If you live in Canada, this is an excellent source of information on how the Internet flows through Canada; includes a list of service providers by province.
Various USENET newsgroups are also an excellent source of information. Check out the following:
comp.security.unix - Unix security issues.
comp.unix.admin - Administering Unix boxes in general.
comp.os.linux.announce - Important announcements about Linux.
comp.os.linux.admin - Administering a Linux box.
If you have a security question, ask it first in comp .security.unix. For the most part, security is the same on all flavours of Unix—it is rarely Linux-specific. If your question happens to be one of those rare cases, there are many Linux-literate readers of this newsgroup who can help you out.
Connecting your machine or network to the Internet is a huge undertaking. But if you take the time to learn how things work, you will be able to tackle this task with ease. Good luck on your connection adventure.
Russell Ochocki, B.C.Sc. (Hons), is a computer programer/analyst for a major Canadian financial corporation. He has been using Linux for over one and a half years. He can be reached on the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russell Ochocki, (email@example.com) B.C.Sc. (Hons), is a computer programer/analyst for a major Canadian financial corporation. He has been using Linux for over one and a half years.