Linux Essentials

ISBN-10: 1118106792

ISBN-13: 9781118106792

Edition: 2012

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Description: 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 Includes additional exercises and review questions to strengthen your learning process This book is essential reading for anyone entering the world of Linux!

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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Introduction
Selecting an Operating System
What Is an OS?
What Is a Kernel?
What Else Identifies an OS?
Investigating User Interfaces
Using a Text-Mode User Interface
Using a Graphical User Interface
Where Does Linux Fit in the OS World?
Comparing Linux to Unix
Comparing Linux to Mac OS X
Comparing Linux to Windows
What Is a Distribution?
Creating a Complete Linux-Based OS
A Summary of Common Linux Distributions
Understanding Release Cycles
The Essentials and Beyond
Investigating Linux's Principles and Philosophy
Linux through the Ages
Understanding Linux's Origins
Seeing Today's Linux World
Using Open Source Software
Understanding Basic Open Source Principles
Linux as a Software Integrator
Understanding OS Roles
Understanding Embedded Computers
Understanding Desktop and Laptop Computers
Understanding Server Computers
The Essentials and Beyond
Understanding Sof tware Licensing
Investigating Software Licenses
Copyright and Software
Using Licenses to Modify Copyright Terms
The Free Software Foundation
Understanding the FSF Philosophy
Free Software and the GPL
The Open Source Initiative
Understanding the Open Source Philosophy
Defining Open Source Software
The Creative Commons
Using Open Source Licenses
Understanding Open Source Licenses
Understanding Open Source Business Models
The Essentials and Beyond
Using Common Linux Programs
Using a Linux Desktop Environment
Choosing a Desktop Environment
Launching Programs
Using a File Manager
Working with Productivity Software
Finding the Right Tool for the Job
Using a Web Browser
Using Email Clients
Using Office Tools
Using Multimedia Applications
Using Linux for Cloud Computing
Using Mobile Applications
Using Server Programs
Identifying Common Server Protocols and Programs
Installing and Launching Servers
Securing Servers
Managing Programming Languages
Choosing a Compiled vs. an Interpreted Language
Identifying Common Programming Languages
The Essentials and Beyond
Managing Hardware
Learning About Your CPU
Understanding CPU Families
Identifying Your CPU
Identifying Motherboard Capabilities
Sizing Your Power Supply
Understanding Disk Issues
Disk Interfaces
Partitioning a Disk
Understanding Filesystem Issues
Using Removable and Optical Disks
Managing Displays
Understanding the Role of X
Using Common Display Hardware
Handling USB Devices
Managing Drivers
Understanding Types of Drivers
Locating and Installing Drivers
The Essentials and Beyond
Get ting to Know the Command Line
Starting a Command Line
Launching a Terminal
Logging Into a Text-Mode Console
Logging In Remotely
Running Programs
Running Text-Mode Programs
Running GUI Programs
Running Programs in the Background
Manipulating Files
Obtaining File Listings
Changing Directories
Using Absolute and Relative File References
Using Common File Manipulation Commands
Using Shell Features
Using Command Completion
Using Command History
The Essentials and Beyond
Managing Files
Manipulating Files
Creating Files
Copying Files
Moving and Renaming Files
Using Links
Deleting Files
Using Wildcards
Understanding Case Sensitivity
Manipulating Directories
Creating Directories
Deleting Directories
Managing Directories
The Essentials and Beyond
Getting Help
Using man Pages
Understanding the Purpose of man Pages
Locating man Pages by Section Number
Searching for a man Page
Reading man Pages
Using less
Using info Pages
Understanding the Purpose of info Pages
Reading info Pages
Finding Additional Documentation
Locating Program Documentation on Your Computer
Locating Program Documentation Online
Consulting Experts
The Essentials and Beyond
Using Programs and Processes
Understanding Package Management
Linux Package Management Principles
Understanding Package Systems
Managing RPM Systems
Managing Debian Systems
Understanding the Process Hierarchy
Identifying Running Processes
Using ps to Identify Processes
Using top to Identify Processes
Measuring Memory Use
Using Log Files
Locating Log Files
Producing More Verbose Log File Entries
Examining the Kernel Ring Buffer
The Essentials and Beyond
Searching, Extracting, and Archiving Data
Using Regular Expressions
Searching for and Extracting Data
Using grep
Using find
Using wc
Redirecting Input and Output
Using Basic Redirection Operators
Using Pipes
Generating Command Lines
Archiving Data
Using tar
Using Compression
Using zip
The Essentials and Beyond
Editing Files
Understanding the Role of Text Files
Choosing an Editor
Launching an Editor
Editing Files with pico or nano
Using Text Editor Conventions
Exploring Basic nano Text-Editing Procedures
Saving Your Changes from nano
Editing Files with Vi
Understanding Vi Modes
Exploring Basic Vi Text-Editing Procedures
Saving Your Changes from Vi
Using Configuration File Conventions
Editing Formatted Text Files
The Essentials and Beyond
Creating Scripts
Beginning a Shell Script
Using Commands
Using Arguments
Using Variables
Using Conditional Expressions
Using Loops
Using Functions
Setting the Script's Exit Value
The Essentials and Beyond
Understanding Users and Groups
Understanding Accounts
Understanding Account Features
Identifying Accounts
Understanding Groups
Using Account Tools
Discovering Your Own Identity
Learning Who's Online
Working as root
Why Work as root?
Acquiring root Privileges
Using root Privileges Safely
The Essentials and Beyond
Creating Users and Groups
Creating New Accounts.
Deciding on a Group Strategy
Selecting a Good Password
Creating Accounts Using GUI Tools
Creating Accounts from the Shell
Modifying Accounts
Deciding When to Modify Accounts
Checking for Logged-in Users
Modifying Accounts Using GUI Tools
Modifying Accounts from the Shell
Deleting Accounts
Avoiding Account-Deletion Pitfalls
Deleting Accounts Using GUI Tools
Deleting Accounts from the Shell
Managing Groups
Managing Groups Using GUI Tools
Managing Groups from the Shell
The Essentials and Beyond
Set ting Ownership and Permissions
Setting Ownership
Understanding Ownership
Setting Ownership in a File Manager
Setting Ownership in a Shell
Setting Permissions
Understanding Permissions
Setting Permissions in a File Manager
Setting Permissions in a Shell
Setting the umask
The Essentials and Beyond
Navigating the Linux Filesystem
Understanding Where Things Go
User Files vs. System Files
The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
Important Directories and Their Contents
Using Special Permission Bits and File Features
Using Sticky Bits
Using Special Execute Permissions
Hiding Files from View
Viewing Directories
The Essentials and Beyond
Managing Network Connections
Understanding Network Features
Configuring a Network Connection
Deciding Whether to Use DHCP
Creating a Wi-Fi Connection
Using a Network Configuration GUI
Using Text-Based Tools
Testing Your Network Connection
Checking Your Routing Table
Testing Basic Connectivity
Finding Breaks in Connectivity
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