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Hostname question during installation
I think the installer works from the assumption that every
computer is connected to a network. There are exceptions
that may seem to make the installer seem weird.
One exception is if you are on dialup. You are only connected
part of the time, and the ISP assigns the IP address and host
name (which would seem meaningless to you anyway).
This is partially true if you have cable internet. You may
be connected all the time, but there is still a host name.
I found mine by going to the "shields up" website.
Your Internet connection's IP address is uniquely associated with the following "machine name":
The string of text above is known as your Internet connection's "reverse DNS."
public host name, visible to the internet. Since I have a
NAT router, this name actually applies to the public "WAN" interface
of my router, not my computer.
If your computer was permanently connected to the net without
dialup or cable or NAT, you would give it a true internet host
and domain name, a fully qualified domain name
like host dot domain dot com, or www dot linuxforums dot org.
If you have a NAT router and more than one computer in
your home or office, you have a private network
and you can not only assign arbitrary names to your computers,
but you can also assign private addresses to them, or let your
router assign addresses. You can also assign a private domain
name to your network, since the names and address do
not propagate onto the internet (due to NAT routing)
rcgreen@blue:~$ nslookup blue Server: 127.0.0.1 Address: 127.0.0.1#53 Non-authoritative answer: Name: blue.localdomain Address: 192.168.1.104
both a host name and an arbitrary domain "localdomain"
I don't know if the host name is strictly necessary for
installing the operating system. A lot of people have
installed Windows over the years and left the hostname blank.
Also, Windows local networking uses something called
a netbios name, which is similar but not exactly the
same as a host name.