Beginning Fedora 2

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Fedora 2 is the current version of the most popular Linux operating system, released by the Red Hat-sponsored open source Fedora project. This book provides everything you need to use it effectively, including the Fedora Core 2 Linux distribution on DVD. After reviewing Linux basics, you'll move step by step through installing Fedora 2, setting up applications, connecting to the Internet, building networks, establishing a firewall, and more. You will discover how to use the shell, manage the filesystem, and set ...
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Overview

Fedora 2 is the current version of the most popular Linux operating system, released by the Red Hat-sponsored open source Fedora project. This book provides everything you need to use it effectively, including the Fedora Core 2 Linux distribution on DVD. After reviewing Linux basics, you'll move step by step through installing Fedora 2, setting up applications, connecting to the Internet, building networks, establishing a firewall, and more. You will discover how to use the shell, manage the filesystem, and set up user accounts. Finally, you will explore advanced system administration and development, learning about the Linux kernel, how to manage your system with Perl, and how you can contribute to the Fedora Project. This book is for Linux newcomers who want to learn to use Fedora 2. Some knowledge of the Microsoft Windows environment is helpful.
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Linux's popularity continues to grow owing to its lower cost and better security. Multiple flavors and uses of the OS lead to multiple guides; those listed here mainly cover the popular licensed Red Hat Enterprise and freely downloadable Fedora, both distributed by Red Hat. Pocket Guide explains the common commands (organized by function), uses, and options of Fedora Linux, focusing on the command line; minimal attention is given to graphical interfaces. A succinct reference for larger libraries owning more comprehensive guides. For beginners, Learning Red Hat Enterprise addresses both Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora and includes the smaller publisher's edition of Fedora on CD. After an introduction and history, the book moves from installing the operating system to setting up networking and understanding shell scripts. This clear, well-organized guide is highly recommended for all libraries. For intermediate users, Linux Unwired mixes two hot topics in one short text, showing with humor and enthusiasm how to use Linux with several wireless protocols and standards, including 802.11, Bluetooth, cellular data, and GPS. The authors explain how wireless works as well as how to set up your Linux box for wireless and create your own access point. Given the increased popularity of both Linux and wireless in addition to the increased complexity of configuring wireless on Linux this is recommended for medium and larger libraries. Moving includes Knoppix on CD-ROM, which allows readers to run a Debian-based Linux distribution without installing it on their hard drives, plus open source application software. It targets Microsoft administrators wanting to switch their business networks to a Linux environment, covering both system administration for the most common distributions and applications (e.g., OpenOffice.org, Mozilla, and KOrganizer) and focusing on the KDE desktop; for larger libraries. For beginners, Beginning Fedora 2 contains the publisher's edition on DVD (or downloadable for readers without DVD drives). Step-by-step instructions, chapter summaries, and exercises help teach the OS. A little more comprehensive but less clear than Learning Red Hat; appropriate for medium and larger libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764569968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 665
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Shishir Gundavaram is the Chief Technology Officer for MechanicNet Group, a company that specializes in providing CRM services for the automotive repair and maintenance industry. When he is not dealing with auto mechanics and broken-down cars, Shishir consults for a number of companies, designing architecture and providing technical expertise. He has more than a decade of experience in various aspects of software development and is considered an expert in wireless applications, distributed systems, electronic commerce, and Web backend architecture. He is also the author of various articles and books, including Professional Perl Development, CGI Programming on the World Wide Web, and Scripting Languages: Automating the Web, and he is regularly invited to speak at technical conferences around the world.

Pancrazio “Ezio” de Mauro has been using Red Hat Linux since 1996. He is a Linux consultant specializing in system integration, mobile technologies, and training. He actively supports and advocates the use of free software. Ezio spends most of his free time traveling and backpacking. He welcomes comments and questions at his e-mail address, pdm@demauro.net.

Mark Mamone, a Solutions Specialist working for Syntegra Ltd in the UK, has 16 years of experience in the IT industry ranging from Assembler to MS-DOS and now specializing in the development of enterprise and mobile systems using a variety of technologies, including Microsoft .NET, Java, and Linux.

Kapil Sharma developed a keen interest in Linux and open source technology in the mid-1990s and has been working on various UNIX systems and Internet security technologies for more than 10 years. He is a postgraduate in Business Computing and has deployed many UNIX, High availability, Clustering, and Internet security projects. He is a Sun Certified System Administrator (SCSA) and Sun Certified Network Administrator (SCNA). Kapil is also actively involved in the open source community and has contributed many technical articles on system and network security. He enjoys working on new challenges in Internet security, Internet architecture design, and various UNIX flavors. He also fancies technical writing and thereby sharing his knowledge with the community. He maintains a consultancy company for providing UNIX and Internet security solutions, and a Web site with loads of security resources at www.linux4biz.net.

Apart from his hectic technical life, Kapil also enjoys clubbing, music, and touring the world. He currently lives with his wife, Usha Sharma, in London, U.K., and can be contacted via e-mail at kapil@linux4biz.net.

Deepak Thomas lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area. His interests include PHP, Linux, and J2EE technologies. He has coauthored and reviewed several books for Wrox in these areas. In their spare time Deepak and Ansu go bike riding along the many beautiful trails in their part of the country.

Simon Whiting, a graduate of Clare College, University of Cambridge, is a Principal Consultant for AnIX Group Ltd and has been a Unix system administrator. He is an expert in Linux, storage area networks, and C, Perl, and Korn Shell programming.

Sandip Bhattacharya is an independent technology consultant specializing in Open Source technologies. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), holds degrees in engineering and management, and is the author of a number of books and articles on Open Source software. He currently runs Puroga Technologies, a small startup with a focus on helping businesses use the Open Source revolution to their advantage. He can be contacted at sandip@puroga.com. Sandip is an active participant in various Open Source communities in India, especially his local LUG, the Indian Linux Users Group, Delhi (ILUGD).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Installing Fedora 2 1
Ch. 2 Fedora 2 basics 37
Ch. 3 Connecting to the internet 89
Ch. 4 Everyday applications 121
Ch. 5 The filesystem 169
Ch. 6 The shell 211
Ch. 7 Managing your user accounts 249
Ch. 8 Installing and updating software 291
Ch. 9 Building networks 337
Ch. 10 Security 407
Ch. 11 Advanced system administration 485
Ch. 12 Rebuilding the Linux Kernel 521
Ch. 13 Managing your system with Perl 539
Ch. 14 Contributing to the Fedora project 579
Ch. 15 Where to now? 587
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