How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know [NOOK Book]

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How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether you 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...

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Overview

How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether you 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.

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Unlike, say, Windows, Linux practically begs you to understand it. Nothing’s hidden, and -- let’s face it -- if you don’t understand something about the underpinnings, you’ll struggle. That’s why you should read How Linux Works.

This isn’t just a laundry list of features and commands, sprinkled with handwaving about how easy Linux is. It’s a primer on first principles. How the filesystem is organized (so you can actually find stuff). How Linux boots (so you can figure things out if there’s trouble). How to compile programs from source or build your own kernel (because one day you just might have to). What those essential system files do. What your user environment is. Seems like some folks were born knowing this stuff. If you weren’t, this book’s for you. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270889
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 373
  • Sales rank: 755,334
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993. He is the author of The Linux Kernel-HOWTO, The Book of VMware, and The Linux Problem Solver.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The basics 1
Ch. 2 Devices, disks, filesystems, and the kernel 29
Ch. 3 How Linux boots 53
Ch. 4 Essential system files, servers, and utilities 65
Ch. 5 Configuring your network 87
Ch. 6 Network services 125
Ch. 7 Introduction to shell scripts 143
Ch. 8 Development tools 163
Ch. 9 Compiling software from source code 183
Ch. 10 Maintaining the kernel 201
Ch. 11 Configuring and manipulating peripheral devices 227
Ch. 12 Printing 241
Ch. 13 Backups 267
Ch. 14 Sharing files with Samba 285
Ch. 15 Network file transfer 295
Ch. 16 User environments 303
Ch. 17 Buying hardware for Linux 313
Ch. 18 Further directions 327
App. A Command classification 331
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