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Chapter 4. Email and the Web

If you are like me, the first thing you'll want to do when you get your new Linux system up and running is to surf the Web. The next thing will be to send and receive email.

Under the Gnome desktop environment, you can run Netscape Messenger to send and receive email. Netscape Communicator or Navigator 4.51 for Linux can be used to browse the Web. These products work the same way—and have the same look and feel—as their counterparts in other visual operating systems, such as Windows. They are automatically installed as part of the standard Red Hat installation.

But before you can use these programs to do these things, you must first configure your system so you are connected to the Internet. In this chapter, I'll show you how to configure a dial-up connection.

If you have a direct LAN connection to the Web (or—the functional equivalent—are connected via a cable modem), you may have already configured the appropriate network settings during the Red Hat installation. However, if you skipped this step during the Red Hat installation, or if you need to make changes to the settings you did enter, I'll show you how to configure your network settings for direct Internet access.

Then you'll launch the Netscape product suite and configure Messenger for incoming mail (by specifying a POP server) and outgoing mail (by specifying a SMTP server).

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