Very new to Linux, i.e. very little knowledge base of Linux

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Please don't laugh but it is alright if you do. I purchased a Mandrake Linux 8.0 to load on an old dell computer for $5 from a thrift store and... after multiple tries got it working. I don't know how to get on line with it or of it is possible. So my first question ever on a forum is to ask can I go on line with a Dell, Optiflex, GX240 with an Ethernet module, the thing that connects to the internet? I know the module works because I put on an XP Os system for a very short time and went on line. Thomas (HowTos)