The Linux Book

The Linux Book

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If you're new to Linux, it can be a real challenge to find the right Linux book: they either cover the wrong distribution, or are too technical, or conversely, too superficial. The Linux Book offers the perfect balance: all the information you need to install, configure, maintain, and network a Linux system without having your intelligence insulted or wading through thousands of pages of unnecessary technical gibberish. Leading Linux expert David Elboth starts with a practical introduction to Linux concepts and installation, then helps you master every key concept and task associated with running Linux. You'll find coverage of Linux files, directories, and file systems; passwords and user access; running the X Window system; Linux processes; printing; tools; integrating DOS, Windows, and Macintosh systems; shell scripting; system commands, backup and restore, kernels, network communications, and more. The book also offers a chapter-length cost-benefit analysis for organizations considering Linux. For every beginning-to-intermediate-level Linux user or system administrator seeking a complete guide to Linux setup, installation, configuration, and more

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  • Mixed media product | 528 pages
  • 167.6 x 231.1 x 33mm | 997.91g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130327654
  • 9780130327659

About David Elboth

DAVID ELBOTH leads the Open Source Linux department at Ecsoft in Norway, and is Editor-in-Chief for the Norwegian Open Source Linux magazine. He has authored two previous books on Linux and three books on more

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Practical guidance for every beginning- to intermediate-level Linux user and sysadminUser management, file systems, backup/restore, printing, and much more Linux networking and integration for Windows, Mac, and DOS systems The complete, vendor-neutral guide to installing, configuring, and running Linux! How do you find the right Linux book? They're either too technical, too superficial, or they cover the wrong distribution. Finally, there's a book that offers the perfect balance: "The Linux Book." It'll never insult your intelligence, nor will it make you wade through 1,000 pages of technical gibberish! You'll find the information you really need to install, configure, and maintain any current version of Linux (and integrate it seamlessly with your existing computers. If you don't need it, it's not here. If you do need it, it is. It's that simple! Step-by-step installation and configurationLinux files, directories, and file systemsSystem administration, from boot-up to backupManaging passwords and user accessRunning the X Window systemNetworking and integrating Windows, DOS, and Macintosh systemsFile and print sharing with Network File System (NFS) and Samba (smb)Shell scripting, system commands, kernel management, and much moreCost/benefit analysis connected to choosing Linux versus Windows "The Linux Book" even presents a chapter-length cost-benefit analysis for any organization considering Linux. Whether you plan to run your desktop or your entire network with Linux, you won't find a more useful, practical guide!show more

Table of contents

Foreword. 1. The Linux Book. Using Linux. Try and fail. Explanations in this book. Linux and GNU. 2. The Operating System. The Linux operating system. A multi-user operating system. Concepts and technology. Linux and architecture support. The Linux kernel. The Linux shell. Utilities. How to use Linux commands. Pipes, filters, and redirections. Editing text. The system administrator, or root. 3. Installation. Introduction. Preparing to install Linux. Installation overview. Linux and the keyboard. Different installation methods. Installation disk or CD. CD auto-boot from DOS. Selecting the language and character set. Configuring the mouse. Installation classes. Defining filesystems. Format and partitions. Installing LILO. Network configuration. Setting up TCP/IP. Configuring the time zone. Defining the root password. Defining authentication. Selecting Linux components. Configuring the X window system. Installing packages. Linux boot floppy disk. Finishing the installation. After the installation. Removing Linux. 4. Linux Work Session. After the installation. Username and password. Logging in. Linux help functions. A work session in Linux. Logging out from Linux. Taking the Linux system down. Exercises for Chapter 4. 5. Information from the Linux System. Commands that gather information. Calendar - cal. Echo to the screen - echo. List files - ls. Date and time - date. Who is logged in?-who. Who am I?-whoami. User information - finger. Determine current file type - file. Terminal name - tty. Disk space usage - du. Linux version/name - uname. Exercises for Chapter 5. 6. File Management. File manager. Linux filenames. Linux file types. Access to files and directories. Print files to the screen - cat. Copy files - cp. Move/change filenames - mv. Delete files and directories - rm. Assign multiple filenames - ln. Exercises for Chapter 6. 7. Directories and Filesystems. Introduction. Directories and filesystems. Inodes. The physical filesystem. Different filesystems. Directory structure in the filesystem. Linux file types. Working directory - pwd. Change directory D cd. Make directory D mkdir. Remove directory D rmdir. Free space per filesystem D df. Exercises for Chapter 7. 8. Passwords and Access Permissions. Introduction. Changing the Linux password. Change the active user-id D su. Linux access codes. Change access codes D chmod. Change owner D chown. Change group ID D chgrp. Change active group D newgrp. Default permission D umask. Exercises for Chapter 8. 9. Redirection and Pipes under Linux. The Linux shell. Standard input, output, and error. Output redirection D >. Input Redirection -show more