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Use Gnome to Manually Configure Your IP Address in Linux
By default, Fedora 11 seeks out a DHCP server and requests an IP address from it. In some circumstances it becomes necessary to manually configure IP parameters. For example, to properly set up port-forwarding behind a firewall, a Linux host will need a static local IP address. In this tutorial we demonstrate how to manually configure basic IP parameters through the Gnome desktop. We then verify the results by using the ifconfig command from a bash shell.