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"Neither a "Starting Linux" book nor a dry reference manual, this book has a lot to offer to those coming to Fedora from other operating systems or distros."
— Behdad Esfahbod, Fedora developer

This book will get you up to speed quickly on Fedora Linux, a securely-designed Linux distribution that includes a massive selection of free software packages. Fedora is hardened out-of-the-box, it's easy to install, ...

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Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution

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"Neither a "Starting Linux" book nor a dry reference manual, this book has a lot to offer to those coming to Fedora from other operating systems or distros."
— Behdad Esfahbod, Fedora developer

This book will get you up to speed quickly on Fedora Linux, a securely-designed Linux distribution that includes a massive selection of free software packages. Fedora is hardened out-of-the-box, it's easy to install, and extensively customizable - and this book shows you how to make Fedora work for you.

Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution will take you deep into essential Fedora tasks and activities by presenting them in easy-to-learn modules. From installation and configuration through advanced topics such as administration, security, and virtualization, this book captures the important details of how Fedora Core works—without the fluff that bogs down other books and help/how-to web sites. Instead, you can learn from a concise task-based approach to using Fedora as both a desktop and server operating system.

In this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Install Fedora and perform basic administrative tasks
  • Configure the KDE and GNOME desktops
  • Get power management working on your notebook computer and hop on a wired or wireless network
  • Find, install, and update any of the thousands of packages available for Fedora
  • Perform backups, increase reliability with RAID, and manage your disks with logical volumes
  • Set up a server with file sharing, DNS, DHCP, email, a Web server, and more
  • Work with Fedora's security features including SELinux, PAM, and Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Whether you are running the stable version of Fedora Core or bleeding-edge Rawhide releases, this book has something for every level of user. The modular, lab-based approach not only shows you how things work-but also explains why—and provides you with the answers you need to get up and running with Fedora Linux.

Chris Tyler is a computer consultant and a professor of computer studies at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada where he teaches courses on Linux and X Window System Administration. He has worked on systems ranging from embedded data converters to Multics mainframes.

Offering an in-depth look at all the new features and essential components of Fedora 5, this resource breaks them down into manageable modules for easier learning. Part how-to and part tutorial, this book captures the important details of how this unique, community-supported Linux distribution works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596526825
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 658
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Tyler is a programmer and Linux network administrator with a focus on the X Window System and LAMP. He has programmed in two dozen different languages over the past 20 years, and now teaches at Seneca College, Toronto.

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Table of Contents

How This Book Is Organized;
What You Need to Use This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Enabled;
How to Contact Us;
Chapter 1: Quick Start: Installing Fedora;
Choosing Fedora: Is It Right for You?;
Obtaining Fedora Core Software;
Installing Fedora Core;
Chapter 2: Using Fedora on Your Desktop;
Getting Started Using the Fedora Graphical User Interfaces;
Customizing GNOME;
Customizing KDE;
Fine-Tuning Your Display Configuration;
Configuring Printing;
Configuring Sound;
Adding and Configuring Fonts;
Using USB Storage;
Chapter 3: Using Fedora on Your Notebook;
Power Management;
Configuring Networking;
Configuring a Touchpad;
Using Dual Video Output;
Chapter 4: Basic System Management;
Using the Command Line;
Accessing Online Documentation;
Managing Files;
Basic Text Editing Using vi;
Using Runlevels;
Managing and Configuring Services;
Managing Users and Groups;
Control Access to Files;
Managing Processes;
Remote Management Using SSH;
Using Shell Redirection and Piping;
Writing Simple Scripts;
Chapter 5: Package Management;
Querying the Package Management Database;
Installing and Removing Software Using RPM;
Using Repositories;
Rolling Back a Package Installation, Upgrade, orRemoval;
Automating Updates;
Installing From Source;
Making Your Own RPM Packages;
Rebuilding an RPM Package for a Different Architecture;
Chapter 6: Storage Administration;
Using Logical Volume Management;
Managing RAID;
Making Backups;
Scheduling Tasks;
Chapter 7: Network Services;
Configuring Samba to Share Files with Windows Systems;
Configuring a DHCP Server;
Configuring a Domain Name Server;
Configuring a CUPS Print Server;
Using the Apache Web Server;
Configuring the sendmail Server;
Configuring IMAP and POP3 Email;
Configuring Webmail;
Creating Databases and Accounts on a MySQL Server;
Installing and Configuring a Wiki;
Configuring an FTP Server;
Analyzing Web and FTP Logs;
Chapter 8: Securing Your System;
Prevent Unwanted Connections;
Using SELinux;
Using Access Control Lists;
Making Files Immutable;
Using sudo to Delegate Privilege;
Configuring PAM and consolehelper;
Detecting File Changes with AIDE;
Chapter 9: The Fedora Community;
Participating in the Fedora Mailing Lists;
Using IRC;
Using Bugzilla;
Running Rawhide;
Participating in Fedora Projects;
Chapter 10: Advanced Installation;
Resizing a Windows Partition;
Configuring RAID and LVM During Installation;
Preparing Alternate Installation Media;
Installing with Kickstart;
Configuring the GRUB Bootloader;
Using Rescue Mode on an Installation Disc;
Installing Xen Virtual Machines;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007


    Are you an experienced computer user with some Linux experience? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Chris Tyler, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that covers both desktop and server configurations, and is ideally suited to an administrator or power user migrating to Fedora Linux from another environment, such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Unix. Tyler, begins by covering the installation of Fedora Core. Then, the author introduces the use of Fedora on the desktop. Next, he deals with the issues specific to using Fedora on a notebook computer. The author also covers basic system management tasks. He continues by discussing package management--adding, removing and updating software. Then, the author deals with storage administration, using logical volume management and RAID arrays. Next, he covers the Samba file server as well as, DHCP, DNS, web, email, and print services. The author then deals with security using Fedora¿s security facilities including SELinux, PAM, and ACLs. He continues by discussing the Fedora community and how you can become involved. Finally, the author deals with advanced installation options. This most excellent book is targeted at Fedora Core 6, but is also useful to users of Fedora Core 5 and 7. Perhaps more importantly, this book is designed to give you the most critical information in an accessible format, and shows you how the packages work within the context of Fedora.

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