Before you start
This tutorial shows you how to transform a stock, "out of the box" Red Hat installation into a finely tuned, stable system customized to your needs and tastes. Topics addressed include:
- Installation issues
- Culling, updating, and maintaining installed packages
- System services administration, hard-drive tuning, and increasing network performance
- Compiling a custom kernel
This tutorial is written for Linux server administrators who want to customize Linux to increase the performance and reliability of an installation.
You should have a basic understanding of common UNIX® administrative concepts and tasks, such as file system layout, daemons and services, editing configuration files, the Linux initialization process, and networking.
To follow along with the examples, you should have a pre-existing Linux installation, or a system with enough available free drive space to install a rudimentary Linux distribution. As noted, while this tutorial is based on Red Hat 7.3, the concepts discussed are applicable to a wide range of other Linux products.