This summary is intended to help people with little knowledge about networks to participate in that game. The reader is assumed to know about basic system administration tasks: how to become root, edit files, change permissions, stop processes, etc. See [AeleenFrisch] for further information on this topic.
Besides that, you should know how to handle the utilities we're going to set up here, i. e. you should know how to use telnet, FTP, ... I will not explain the basic features of those utilities, please refer to the appropriate man-pages or to the references listed instead.
This guide is devided into four chapters. In the first one I'll try to introduce all the basic concepts which will be needed throughout the whole guide. The second chapter shows the most basic steps to set up networking in practice, while chapter three explains how to set up some common network services. The last chapter lists some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to them.
I write this guide with the intention in mind to give the unweary some basic knowledge. If you really want to know what's it all about, read [CraigHunt]. This book does not only cover the basics, but goes on and explains all the concepts, services and how to set them up in detail. It's great, I love it! :-)