After issuing the ppp-on command, and seeing your IP number displayed, remember to issue the command:
Arena (for X-windows) and Lynx (for tty sessions) are the standard LINUX web browsers, the former being graphics-based. If you have the latest distribution of LINUX (like RedHat, Oct '96 or later), you probably have Arena already installed. Fire up X-Windows, and issue the following command from an xterm window:
If you are running arena for the first time, you will have to tell it where your homepage is. If you're there, great. Now try to surf to a page outside of Internet Direct. If you could get to a homepage at idirect.com but nowhere else, then this consult the PPP-HOWTO guide for hints on how to connect with the outside world.
Just as a little asside, Netscape has a version of Gold 3.01 for Linux. It is superior to Arena, and has a web editor built-in. It can be found at: ftp.netscape.com. The lastest "Netscape Communicator" (it is a much larger package, so you've been warned) can be had by clicking here. You need to click through a series of directories to get the Linux version you want. Netscape is also smart enough to write different binaries depending on whether you have a version 1.x or 2.x kernel installed.
tail -f /var/log/mesages > /dev/console &
You can change /dev/console to a tty that isn't running a getty, such as /dev/tty10. If /dev/tty10 is not reserved for X on your machine, then this output should not interfere with X, nor should you lose your tail output. This is useful if you are not running X at the moment, and it also allows you to use gpm to cut and paste the IP number from tty10 to a tty you are actually logged into using only a few clicks of your mouse (preferably on to a command line).
To get the remote IP number, you need to know something about gpm, and switching between ttys. If you don't know a lot about ttys and the possibility of logging on to multiple TTY shells on your PC, surf to this page:
since Apr 1 2007