Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora (4th ed.)

Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora (4th ed.)

By: Bill McCarty (author)Paperback

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The GNU/Linux(R) success story is well known. Firmly established as a high-performance operating system, its worldwide installations are increasing at phenomenal rates. Much of this success has been on the server side, but more and more PC users are turning to Linux on the desktop, as well. For those grounded in Microsoft Windows(R) or Apple Macintosh(R) graphical interfaces, the first look at a powerful Unix-style operating system can be daunting. This book provides a clear, no-nonsense introduction to the popular Red Hat(R) distribution of Linux. It takes you through installation and shows you the key parts of the system, always with an eye toward what can go wrong and what you need to know to get over the humps. Linux is known as a secure environment and a good platform to run a web server. These topics are among the many covered in this book. But did you know you can also burn CDs, sync a PalmPilot', and edit slideshow presentations with powerful tools on Linux? Those topics are covered here, too. Red Hat currently provides two distributions, both documented in this book. The first is their commercial, subscription-based product, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux and also available through retail channels as Red Hat Professional Workstation. The second is the freely distributed Fedora distribution. The Publisher's Edition of Fedora is included in this book on two disks. New in this edition are installation instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, package updating for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, information on the GRUB bootloader, and the CUPS printer system. Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora tells you how to: Prepare your system for installing Linux, Install and configure Linux and the two popular desktop environments, GNOME and KDE. Run the most popular productivity tools on Linux: mailers, web browsers, OpenOffice, and Evolution. Obtain and set up software through the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM), Set up a Linux system for networking, either on your local area network (LAN), or via a dialup connection to the Internet. Use the system-administration tools included with Red Hat, GNOME, and KDE, including such valuable utilities as Samba file-sharing and the Apache web server. Understand and write shell scripts so you can peek under the hood and extend the power of Linux.

About Author

Bill McCarty is associate professor of management information systems in the School of Business and Management of Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, and was previously associate professor of computer science, in which capacity he taught for ten years in Azusa Pacific's Master of Applied Computer Science program. Bill holds a Ph.D. in the management of information systems from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, and worked for 15 years as a software developer and manager.


Preface 1. Why Run Linux? Why Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora? What Is Linux? Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux 2. Preparing to Install Linux Minimum Hardware Requirements Collecting Information About Your System Preparing Your Hard Disk 3. Installing Linux Installing the Operating System and Applications Start the Installation The Firstboot Service Logging into the Desktop Getting Help 4. How Linux Works User Accounts How Linux Organizes Data Using X 5. Using the GNOME and KDE Desktops Using the GNOME Desktop Using the KDE Desktop 6. Using Linux Applications OpenOffice.org Evolution Pilot/Handspring Tool CD Creator 7. Conquering the bash Shell Issuing Shell Commands Working with the Linux Command Prompt Useful Linux Programs 8. Installing Software Using the RPM Package Manager The Package Management Tool The redhat-install-packages Command The rpm Command Querying the RPM Database Installing a Package Uninstalling a Package Updating a Package Freshening a Package Advanced RPM Techniques Keeping Your Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Up to Date Keeping Your Fedora Core System Up to Date 9. Configuring and Administering Linux Configuring Your System by Using the System Settings Menu Administering Your System by Using the System Tools Menu Controlling Services by Using the Server Settings Menu 10. Connecting to the Internet Networking Overview Configuring an Internet Connection The Mozilla Web Browser gFTP FTP Client Using wvdial Configuring Linux to Use a Cable or DSL Modem 11. Setting Up Network Services Configuring Hosts Samba Running Apache The Secure Shell Implementing a Basic Firewall Checking Your Security by Using Nmap Network Security Tips 12. Advanced Shell Usage and Shell Scripts The Power of the Unix Shell Filename Globbing Shell Aliases Using Virtual Consoles X and the Shell Shell Scripts Understanding Shell Scripts A. Linux Directory Tree B. Principal Linux Files C. Managing the Boot Process D. Linux Command Quick Reference Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780596005894
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 330
  • ID: 9780596005894
  • weight: 606
  • ISBN10: 059600589X
  • edition: 4th ed.

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