Linux Essentials

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 29, 2012 - Computers - 368 pages
A unique, full-color introduction to Linux fundamentals

Serving as a low-cost, secure alternative to expensive operating systems, Linux is a UNIX-based, open source operating system. Full-color and concise, this beginner's guide takes a learning-by-doing approach to understanding the essentials of Linux. Each chapter begins by clearly identifying what you will learn in the chapter, followed by a straightforward discussion of concepts that leads you right into hands-on tutorials. Chapters conclude with additional exercises and review questions, allowing you to reinforce and measure your understanding.

  • Offers a hands-on approach to acquiring a foundation of Linux skills, aiming to ensure Linux beginners gain a solid understanding
  • Uses the leading Linux distribution Fedora to demonstrate tutorials and examples
  • Addresses Linux installation, desktop configuration, management of files and filesystems, remote administration, security, and more

This book is essential reading for anyone entering the world of Linux!


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What Is the Linux Essentials Certification?
How This Book Is Organized
Conventions Used in This Book
Chapter 1
Investigating User Interfaces
Where Does Linux Fit in the OS World?
What Is a Distribution?
Launching an Editor
Editing Files with pico or nano
Editing Files with Vi
Using Configuration File Conventions
Editing Formatted Text Files
Chapter 12
Beginning a Shell Script
Using Commands

Chapter 2
Linux through the Ages
Using Open Source Software
Understanding OS Roles
Chapter 3
Investigating Software Licenses
The Free Software Foundation
The Open Source Initiative
The Creative Commons
Using Open Source Licenses
Chapter 4
Using a Linux Desktop Environment
Working with Productivity Software
Using Server Programs
Managing Programming Languages
Chapter 5
Learning About Your CPU
Identifying Motherboard Capabilities
Sizing Your Power Supply
Understanding Disk Issues
Managing Displays
Handling USB Devices
Managing Drivers
Chapter 6
Starting a Command Line
Running Programs
Manipulating Files
Using Shell Features
Chapter 7
Manipulating Directories
Chapter 8
Using info Pages
Finding Additional Documentation
Chapter 9
Understanding the Process Hierarchy
Identifying Running Processes
Using Log Files
Chapter 10
Using Regular Expressions
Searching for and Extracting Data
Redirecting Input and Output
Archiving Data
Chapter 11
Understanding the Role of Text Files
Choosing an Editor
Using Arguments
Using Variables
Using Conditional Expressions
Using Loops
Using Functions
Setting the Scripts Exit Value
Chapter 13
Understanding Accounts
Using Account Tools
Working as root
Chapter 14
Modifying Accounts
Deleting Accounts
Managing Groups
Chapter 15
Setting Permissions
Chapter 16
Using Special Permission Bits andFileFeatures
Chapter 17
Understanding Network Features
Configuring a Network Connection
Testing Your Network Connection
Protecting Your System from the Bad Guys
Appendix A
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Appendix B
The Linux Essentials Certification
Certification Objectives Map

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Roderick W. Smith, Linux+, LPIC-1, LPIC-2, is a recognized Linux open source programmer and networking expert. He is the author of over a dozen books on open source technologies. His books include CompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide; LPIC-1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition; LPIC-2: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, and Linux Administrator Street Smarts, all from Sybex.

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