Bill McCarty provides a thorough but gentle introduction to the popular Red Hat distribution of Linux with new user in mind. This third edition not only covers the installation and configuration of the newest Linux version, but also contains the complete Red Hat 8.0 distribution o
The Linux success story is well known: firmly established as an operating system in widespread use, its worldwide installations are still 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 or older versions of Apple's Macintosh OS, the first look at Unix-style operating system can be daunting. Learning Red Hat Linux provides a clear, no-nonsense introduction to the popular Red Hat distribution of Linux. The third edition of Learning Red Hat Linux will ease into the world of Linux, guiding you through the process of installing and running Red Hat Linux on your PC. Written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style, this book contains all you need to get started, including the complete Red Hat 8.0 distribution on CDs. With new tutorials covering Open Office Tools and the desktop, this book is excellent for first-time Linux users who want to install the operating system on a new PC or convert an existing system to Linux. Highlights of the book include: preparing your system for installing Linux; installing and configuring your Linux system and the two popular desktop environments, GNOME and KDE; Linux fundamentals: understanding the basic concepts; using Linux productivity tools like Open Office; configuring and administering a multi-user Linux system; connecting to the Internet; burn CDs and sync a PalmPilot; setting up a networked workstation; setting up Internet services; and understand and write shell scripts so you can peek under the hood and extend the power of Linux. Since the release of its first edition, Learning Red Had Linux has guided many a PC user into the world of Linux. By the time you've finished this book, you'll have set your computer to create nicely formatted documents, spreadsheets or even graphically appealing presentations, integrated your computer into your local network, set up your e-mail, and even accessed the Internet using the ISP of your choice.
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"Learning Red Hat Linux is highly selective, focusing on just the right issues which impact on usability and understanding for the beginner." - Martin Howse, LinuxUser & Developer, Issue 30 "The book is exactly what you would expect from a guide to setting up a new box. This can be considered the standard reference in its field. Other authors aiming to write similar works should note that this will need something exceptional to surpass it." Linux Magazine, Jan 2004
About Bill McCarty
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.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Why Run Linux? What Is Linux? Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux 2. Preparing to Install Red Hat Linux Minimum Hardware Requirements Collecting Information About Your System Installation Types Preparing Your Hard Disk 3. Installing Red Hat Linux Installing the Operating System and Applications Start the Installation The Setup Agent Logging into GNOME 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 Writer 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 Red Hat Network 9. Configuring and Administering Linux Configuring Red Hat Linux by Using the System Settings Menu Administering Red Hat Linux by Using the System Tools Menu Administering 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 a Networked Workstation Configuring Hosts Samba Setting Up a DHCP Server 12. Setting Up Internet Services Running an FTP Server Running Apache The Secure Shell Configuring DNS Implementing a Basic Firewall Checking Your Security by Using Nmap Network Security Tips 13. 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
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