A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Pearson Education, May 9, 2008 - Computers - 1184 pages
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Master All the Techniques You Need to Succeed with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the Workplace


You’re studying Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with a single goal: to succeed with these state-of-the-art operating systems in real workplace environments. In this book, one of the world’s leading Linux experts brings together all the knowledge you’ll need to achieve that goal. Writing in plain English, best-selling author Mark Sobell explains Linux clearly and effectively, focusing on the skills you will actually use as a professional administrator, user, or programmer. Sobell assumes no prior Linux knowledge: He starts at the very beginning and walks you through every topic and skill that matters.


Step by step, you’ll learn how to install and configure Linux from the accompanying DVD, navigate its graphical user interfaces, set up Linux to provide file/print sharing and Internet services, make sure Linux desktops and networks are as secure as possible, work with the powerful command line, and administer Linux in real business environments.


Mark Sobell has taught hundreds of thousands of Linux and UNIX  professionals. He knows every Linux nook and cranny–and he never forgets what it’s like to be new to Linux. Whatever your Linux-related career goals, this book gives you all you need–and more.


Compared with the other Linux books out there, A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, College Edition, delivers

  • Complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of Fedora 8 and Enterprise Linux 5
  • Deeper coverage of the command line and the GNOME and KDE GUIs, including customizing the desktop
  • More practical coverage of file sharing using Samba, NFS, and FTP
  • More usable, realistic coverage of Internet server configuration, including Apache, sendmail, NFS, DNS/BIND, and LDAP
  • More state-of-the-art security techniques, including SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux), ACLs (Access Control Lists), firewall setup using both the Red Hat GUI and iptables, and a full chapter on OpenSSH
  • More and better coverage of “meat-and-potatoes” system/network administration tasks
  • A more practical introduction to writing bash shell scripts
  • Complete instructions on keeping Linux systems up-to-date using yum
  • And much more...including a 500+ term glossary and a comprehensive index to help you find what you need fast!

Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Fedora 8 release!


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Welcome to Linux
Installing Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
StepbyStep Installation
Getting Started with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Getting Started with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
The Linux Filesystem
Directory Files and Ordinary Files
Sharing Filesystems
Integrating Linux and Windows
Tracking Domain Names and Addresses
Setting Up a Firewall
Setting Up a Web Server
Programming Tools

The Shell
Which Service to Look at First
The Shell
The Bourne Again Shell
Networking and the Internet
System Administration
Printing with CUPS
Rebuilding the Linux Kernel
Rebuilding the Linux Kernel
Administration Tasks
Configuring a
Using Clients and Setting Up Servers
Advanced Exercises
Chapter Summary
Programming the Bourne Again Shell
A Regular Expressions
B Help
NFS Sharing Filesystems
The Free Software Definition
E The Linux 2 6 Kernel

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About the author (2008)

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Third Edition; A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming; and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, all from Prentice Hall, and A Practical Guide to the UNIX System from Addison-Wesley.

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