Synopses & Reviews
What the book covers: Knoppix For Dummies shows Windows users who are experimenting with Knoppix for the first time how to install Knoppix Linux and work with it on the desktop. This book is also for Linux system administrators who want to use Knoppix Linux for its system administration capabilities, such as rescuing and repairing PCs and securing servers. Topics covered include: Booting Knoppix directly from the DVD, which provides the ideal, non-invasive means to learn Linux. You can also use this type of system to run an everyday Linux workstation. Learning about the graphical KDE environment. The popular KDE desktop, which comes with Knoppix, provides all the features and capabilities to use Linux as your everyday workstation. Creating diskless clients (also referred to as thincomputing). This topic is an industry trend. It is covered in-depth and is therefore unique to this book. Diskless clients minimize computer administration costs while maximizing security. They boot from a common image and, thus, require far less management than traditional “ thick computers.” The extra security comes from the capability to keep the boot images up-to-date with patches, etc. Building a kiosk computer. This is another useful Knoppix capability that is not covered in any depth in other books. Building secure servers. The read-only nature of Knoppix' live DVD provides the ability to construct more secure network servers. Since hackers can't write to a disk as on traditional servers, they are denied a threshold, which can be used to system administrators’ advantage. Using Knoppix as a computer rescue vehicle. Booting directly from the DVD provides a platform to perform, troubleshoot, and repair malfunctioning machines. Series features: Knoppix For Dummies is written in the friendly, humorous, and easy-to-understand style that is the hallmark of the For Dummies brand.
DVD lets you test-drive Knoppix in just minutes!
Surf with Firefox®, build secure Web servers, create network clients, and more
An adventure awaits you! With this book as your guide, you can start exploring Knoppix in just minutes. You'll be able to use the cool Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail, work with network clients and servers, play with Linux multimedia and games, use Knoppix to troubleshoot and repair Windows®, and even build a Web server and firewall.
Discover how to
- Use Linux® without installing
- Install Knoppix without removing Windows
- Connect to a wired or wireless network
- Create diskless clients
- Rescue and repair malfunctioning systems
About the Author
Paul G. Sery
is a systems administrator employed by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He manages and troubleshoots Unix and Linux systems.
When he’s not beating his head against stubborn computers, Paul and his wife, Lidia, enjoy riding their tandem bicycle through the Rio Grande valley. They also enjoy traveling throughout Mexico. Paul is the author of Linux Network Toolkit and the coauthor of several other books. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Part I: Get Knoppix Now!
Chapter 1: Knock, Knock, Knoppix on Bill’s Gate.
Chapter 2: Instant Knoppix.
Chapter 3: Portable Knoppix.
Part II: Permanent Knoppix.
Chapter 4: Windows Gets a Roommate or Windows Gets Broken.
Chapter 5: The School of Hard Knoppix: Installing Knoppix to Your Hard Drive.
Chapter 6: Starting and Logging Into Your Knoppix PC.
Part III: Daily Knoppix.
Chapter 7: Housekeeping.
Chapter 8: Navigating the KDE Desktop.
Part IV: The Inevitable Internet Part.
Chapter 9: Dialup Modems.
Chapter 10: Getting Wired: Connecting to Wired Networks.
Chapter 11: Using Wireless Networks.
Chapter 12: Browsing and E-mailing.
Part V: Working (And Playing) with Knoppix.
Chapter 13: Using OpenOffice.org.
Chapter 14: Using Multimedia.
Chapter 15: Printing with Knoppix.
Chapter 16: Sharing Files on Your Network.
Part VI: System Administration.
Chapter 17: Rescue Me: Repairing Linux and Windows Computers.
Chapter 18: Curing the Common Cold: Fighting Viruses and Other Malware.
Chapter 19: Keeping Up with the Updates: Updating and Managing Packages.
Chapter 20: Being Proactive: Logging, Detecting, and Auditing.
Chapter 21: Remastering Your Knoppix Universe.
Part VII: Advanced Knoppix Devices.
Chapter 22: Going Diskless: Using Diskless Computers.
Chapter 23: Building a File Server.
Chapter 24: I Want My MythTV.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 25: Ten Knoppix Hacks.
Chapter 26: Ten Knoppix Resources.
Appendix: About the DVD.
End-User License Agreement.