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Unix for Dummies 4TH Edition


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Publisher Comments:

UNIX has been evolving feverishly for close to 30 years, sort of like bacteria in a cesspool – only not as attractive. As a result, many different varieties of UNIX have existed along the way. Although they all share numerous characteristics, they differ just enough that even experienced users are tripped up by the differences between versions.

If you’re like most UNIX users, a zealot stopped at your desk, connected your terminal or workstation, gave you five minutes of incomprehensible advice, demonstrated a few bizarre games (like roaches that hide behind the work on your screen), and disappeared. Now you’re on your own.

Don’t worry. UNIX For Dummies, 4th Edition, cuts through all the technojargon lurking in the UNIX command jungle to deliver clear instructions just how and when you need them. This indispensable reference includes sections on

  • Typing commands
  • Copying, renaming, and deleting files
  • Printing files
  • Finding where your file went
  • Using the Internet from UNIX
  • Connecting and communicating with people on other computers

Discover how to get your UNIX system's attention, persuade it that you are allowed to use it, and even accomplish something useful as you find out how to

  • Choose the right flavor of UNIX for you
  • Set up and operate UNIX terminals
  • Manage files, directories, and printing
  • Use the Common Desktop Environment and other window systems
  • Browse the Web, send and receive e-mail, and read Usenet newsgroups
  • Deal with all the major versions of UNIX, including Berkeley UNIX, Solaris, and SunOS
  • Troubleshoot and solve common problems

The expert writing team of John Levin and Margaret Levin Young also give you a look at the latest developments with Linux, the wildly popular, completely free version of UNIX – all in a single volume designed to put you in command with a computer system that can be tamed.


The latest changes to UNIX are explored, including its relationship with Windows 98, upgrades to major UNIX operating systems, and the impact on UNIX with the next release of Windows NT.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 357) and index.

About the Author

John R. Levine has written or cowritten a dozen computer books, including several bestselling Internet titles. A former software developer, John lectures frequently on the Internet and moderates a newsgroup. He is also a board member of the Coalition Against Unsolicited E-mail, a user advocacy group, and runs the Network Abuse Clearinghouse, which helps users deal with abusive online behavior.

Unlike her peers in that 40-something bracket, Margaret Levine Young was exposed to computers at an early age. In high school, she got into a computer club known as the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S., a group of kids who spent Saturdays in a barn fooling around with three antiquated computers. She stayed in the field through college against her better judgment and despite her brother John's presence as a graduate student in the computer science department. Margy graduated from Yale and went on to become one of the first microcomputer managers in the early 1980s at Columbia Pictures, where she rode the elevator with big stars whose names she wouldn't dream of dropping here.

Since then, Margy has coauthored more than 20 computer books about the topics of the Internet, UNIX, WordPerfect, Microsoft Access, and (stab from the past) PC-File and Javelin, including The Internet For Dummies, 6th Edition, and WordPerfect 7 For Windows 95 For Dummies (all from IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.). She loves her husband, Jordan; her kids, Meg and Zac; gardening; chickens; reading; and anything to do with eating. Margy and her husband also run Great Tapes for Kids from their home in the middle of a cornfield near Middlebury, Vermont.

Table of Contents


About This Book.

Conventions Used in This Book.

Foolish Assumptions.

How This Book Is Organized.

Part I: In the Beginning.

Part II: Some Basic Stuff.

Part III: Getting Things Done.

Part IV: UNIX and the Net.

Part V: Help!

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Icons Used in This Book.

Where to Go from Here.

Part I: In the Beginning.

Chapter 1: Log Me In, UNIX!

Chapter 2: What Is UNIX, Anyway?

Chapter 3: A Few Lines on Linux.

Part II: Some Basic Stuff.

Chapter 4: Opening Windows on UNIX.

Chapter 5: Files for Fun and Profit.

Chapter 6: Directories for Fun and Profit.

Chapter 7: The Shell Game.

Chapter 8: Where's That File?

Chapter 9: Printing (The Gutenberg Thing).

Part III: Getting Things Done.

Chapter 10: Writing Deathless Prose.

Chapter 11: Umpteen Useful UNIX Utilities.

Chapter 12: Installing Software Can Be Tricky.

Chapter 13: Juggling a Bunch of Programs.

Chapter 14: Taming Linux.

Part IV: UNIX and the Net.

Chapter 15: Your Computer Is Not Alone.

Chapter 16: Across a Crowded Network.

Chapter 17: Automating Your Office Gossip.

Chapter 18: Web Surfing for UNIX Users.

Chapter 19: Turbocharge Your Newsreading.

Chapter 20: Grabbing Files from the Net.

Chapter 21: Now Serving the Internet.

Part V: Help!

Chapter 22: Disaster Relief.

Chapter 23: The Case of the Missing Files.

Chapter 24: Some Programs Just Won't Die.

Chapter 25: "My Computer Hates Me".

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 26: Ten Common Mistakes.

Chapter 27: Ten Times More Information than You Want about UNIX.


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Product Details

Levine, John R.
Young, Margaret Levine
For Dummies
New York
Programming Languages - General
Operating Systems - UNIX
Operating Systems - General
Operating systems (computers)
Programming - Systems Analysis & Design
Unix (computer operating system)
Operating systems
Operating Systems / Linux & UNIX
Edition Number:
4th ed.
For Dummies (Computers)
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
9.24x7.40x.88 in. 1.39 lbs.

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » General
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » Unix » Unix Administration
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » Unix » Unix Enduser

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