Running Linux: A Distribution-Neutral Guide for Servers and Desktops

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 22, 2005 - Computers - 974 pages
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You may be contemplating your first Linux installation. Or you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or setting up an FTP server. Running Linux, now in its fifth edition, is the book you'll want on hand in either case. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the questions and tackles the configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books.

This fifth edition of Running Linux is greatly expanded, reflecting the maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software available for it. Hot consumer topics suchas audio and video playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that always have made the book popular.

Running Linux covers basic communications such as mail, web surfing, and instant messaging, but also delves into the subtleties of network configuration--including dial-up, ADSL, and cable modems--in case you need to set up your network manually. The book canmake you proficient on office suites and personal productivity applications--and also tells you what programming tools are available if you're interested in contributing to these applications.

Other new topics in the fifth edition include encrypted email and filesystems, advanced shell techniques, and remote login applications. Classic discussions on booting, package management, kernel recompilation, and X configuration have also been updated.

The authors of Running Linux have anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and provided clear instructions to ensure that you'll have a satisfying experience using Linux. The discussion is direct and complete enough to guide novice users, while still providing the additional information experienced users will need to progress in their mastery of Linux.

Whether you're using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a network server, Running Linux will provide expert advice just when you need it.

 

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You may be contemplating your first Linux installation. Or you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or setting up an FTP server. Running Linux, now in its fifth edition, is the book you'll want on hand in either case. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the questions and tackles the configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books. This fifth edition of Running Linux is greatly expanded, reflecting the maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software available for it. Hot consumer topics such as audio and video playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that always have made the book popular. Running Linux covers basic communications such as mail, web surfing, and instant messaging, but also delves into the subtleties of network configuration--including dial-up, ADSL, and cable modems--in case you need to set up your network manually. The book can make you proficient on office suites and personal productivity applications--and also tells you what programming tools are available if you're interested in contributing to these applications. Other new topics in the fifth edition include encrypted email and filesystems, advanced shell techniques, and remote login applications. Classic discussions on booting, package management, kernel recompilation, and X configuration have also been updated. The authors of Running Linux have anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and provided clear instructions to ensure that you'll have a satisfying experience using Linux. The discussion is direct and complete enough to guide novice users, while still providing the additional information experienced users will need to progress in their mastery of Linux. Whether you're using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a
 

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The authors are very positive about the open source. I would have liked to know more about the the fight between proprietary standards and the open source. Some genuine counter-arguments and analysis would have been welcome. Why do so many people use Windows if open source is so exellent alternative? Is it due to standards, laziness or something else? If you are new to Linux, borrow this book from a library. The book should not be too technical as an introductionary book. Try also books such as "Linux in the Nutshell" and "Unix power tools". 

Contents

Preface
Enjoying and Being Productive onLinux
Preinstallation and Installation 34
Desktop Environments 67
Web Browsers and InstantMessaging 135
Electronic Mail Clients 149
Games 167
Multimedia 277
System Start and Shutdown 590
Configuring and Building the Kernel 608
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Text Processing 657
Table of Contents
Programming
Running a Web Server 768
Transporting and Handling Email Messages 776

System Administration
Managing Users Groups and Permissions 384
Installing Updating andCompilingPrograms 401
Table of Contents
Networking 440
Printing 484
File Sharing 522
TheXWindow System 571
Running an FTP Server 797
Network Services
Running a Secure System 828
Backup and Recovery 850
Heterogeneous Networking and Running Windows Programs 865
Sources of Linux Information 907
Index 913
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