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How Linux Worksby Brian Ward
Synopses & Reviews
How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. Some books try to give you copy-and-paste instructions for how to deal with every single system issue that may arise, but How Linux Works actually shows you how the Linux system functions so that you can come up with your own solutions. After a guided tour of filesystems, the boot sequence, system management basics, and networking, author Brian Ward delves into open-ended topics such as development tools, custom kernels, and buying hardware, all from an administrator's point of view. With a mixture of background theory and real-world examples, this book shows both "how" to administer Linux, and "why" each particular technique works, so that you will know how to make Linux work for you.
Book News Annotation:
For users who aren't satisfied with getting through a cookbook installation, this guide describes the inner workings of a Linux system beginning with the file system and boot process and covering advanced topics such as networking, firewalls, development tools, device management, shell scripts, and sharing printers with Samba. Though a determined beginner could learn a lot from this book, it is really intended for superusers and system administrators who want to improve their understanding of Linux and who are ready to start building their own kernel. The final chapter is a very helpful guide to buying Linux-compatible hardware.
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How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. Some books try to give you copy-and-paste instructions
About the Author
Brian Ward, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, is the editor of "Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle" (UPF, 2001) and the author of "Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations," which won the 1999 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
Table of Contents
PREFACEChapter 1: THE BASICSChapter 2: DEVICES, DISKS, FILESYSTEMS, AND THE KERNELChapter 3: HOW LINUX BOOTSChapter 4: ESSENTIAL SYSTEM FILES, SERVERS, AND UTILITIESChapter 5: CONFIGURING YOUR NETWORKChapter 6: NETWORK SERVICESChapter 7: INTRODUCTION TO SHELL SCRIPTSChapter 8: DEVELOPMENT TOOLSChapter 9: COMPILING SOFTWARE FROM SOURCE CODEChapter 10: MAINTAINING THE KERNELChapter 11: CONFIGURING AND MANIPULATING PERIPHERAL DEVICESChapter 12: PRINTINGChapter 13: BACKUPSChapter 14: SHARING FILES WITH SAMBAChapter 15: NETWORK FILE TRANSFERChapter 16: USER ENVIRONMENTSChapter 17: BUYING HARDWARE FOR LINUXChapter 18: FURTHER DIRECTIONSCommand ClassificationBIBLIOGRAPHY
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