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10 things you should do to prepare a new Linux installation Print E-mail
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Host Security There are over 200 different Linux distributions and you will need the patches that are specific to your distribution. Search for needed patches on the web site of your distribution maintainer (example: Debian; Redhat; Lindows, etc.). Other sources for updated software are Freshmeat; Ibiblio; and Linuxberg. Some systems use package managers, such as rpm (Red Hat Package Manager) or deb (Debian Package Manager), while others will require a little more effort. These links should provide access to updated software as well as pretty clear instructions for installation. Be sure to read the documentation since there may be dependencies that will need to be satisfied to ensure a smooth update.

Even if you are the sole user of your system, you still need to create a user account for normal usage. The Root, or super user, account should only be used when absolutely necessary. This improves system security and reduces the possibility of accidentally corrupting portions of the system that would render it unstable.

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