Before diving headfirst into the TCP/IP network stack, you may want to read up on some TCP/IP basics. If you're familiar with how TCP/IP works and would like to go straight to the nitty-gritty of configuring your Linux system, you can skip this part and jump straight to the Configuring the Network section of this chapter. Along the way you will find methods for configuring your network settings manually by editing the files and for using the graphical interface tools provided.
Every network interface in a TCP/IP network is assigned a unique IP address. The IP address is used to identify and differentiate an interface from other interfaces on the network. In the current IPv4 specifications, an IP address is a 32-bit ...