Linux Annoyances for Geeks: Getting the Most Flexible System in the World Just the Way You Want It

Linux Annoyances for Geeks: Getting the Most Flexible System in the World Just the Way You Want It

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by Michael Jang
     
 

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GNU/Linux is an immensely popular operating system that is both extremely stable and reliable. But it can also induce minor headaches at the most inopportune times, if you're not fully up to speed with its capabilities.

A unique approach to running and administering Linux systems, Linux Annoyances for Geeks addresses the many poorly documented and

Overview

GNU/Linux is an immensely popular operating system that is both extremely stable and reliable. But it can also induce minor headaches at the most inopportune times, if you're not fully up to speed with its capabilities.

A unique approach to running and administering Linux systems, Linux Annoyances for Geeks addresses the many poorly documented and under-appreciated topics that make the difference between a system you struggle with and a system you really enjoy. This book is for power users and system administrators who want to clear away barriers to using Linux for themselves and for less-trained users in their organizations.

This book meticulously tells you how to get a stubborn wireless card to work under Linux, and reveals little-known sources for wireless driversand information. It tells you how to add extra security to your systems, such as boot passwords, and how to use tools such as rescue disks to overcome overly zealous security measures in a pinch. In everyarea of desktop and server use, the book is chock full of advice based on hard-earned experience.

Author Michael Jang has spent many hours trying out software in a wide range of environments and carefully documenting solutions for the most popular Linux distributions. (The book focuses on Red Hat/Fedora, SUSE, and Debian.) Many of the topics presented here are previously undocumented or are discussed only in obscure email archives.

One of the valuable features of this book for system administrators and Linux proponents in general is the organization of step-by-step procedures that they can customize for naive end-users at their sites. Jang has taken into account not only the needs of a sophisticated readership, but the needs of other people those readers may serve.

Sometimes, a small thing for a user (such as being able to play a CD) or for an administrator (such as updating an organizations' systems from a central server) can make or break the adoption of Linux. This book helps you overcome the most common annoyances in deploying Linux, and trains you in the techniques that will help you overcome other problems you find along the way.

In keeping with the spirit of the Annoyances series, the book adopts a sympathetic tone that will quickly win you over. Rather than blaming you for possessing limited Linux savvy, Linux Annoyances for Geeks takes you along for a fun-filled ride as you master the system together.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
It's a dirty little secret. Even if you're a power user, sysadmin, or a longtime Unix geek, Linux can be plenty aggravating. But, thanks to Linux's open source nature and culture, its annoyances are virtually all fixable. Whether you're running RedHat, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, or another Debian dialect, Michael Jang's Linux Annoyances for Geeks will show you how.

The Eject button won't open your CD drive? Your users need to decompress ZIP archives? Your distro won't play DVD movies? Your wireless card's giving you trouble? Boot's too slow? GUI won't start, even with the correct runlevel configured? You need a more efficient way to get security updates? Log files are devouring your hard drive? You need read/write access to NTFS partitions? This book covers all that, and more: clients and users, Internet applications, OpenOffice.org, kernel upgrades, system maintenance, services, all of it. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008017
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.15(d)

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Meet the Author

Michael Jang, RHCE, Linux+, LCP, specializes in books on Linux and Linux certification. His experience with computers goes back to the days of jumbled punch cards. He's written or contributed to more than a dozen books on Linux, Linux certification, and Red Hat Linux, including "RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux" (McGraw-Hill), and "Mastering Red Hat Linux 9" (Sybex).

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Are you annoyed from time to time that you can¿t find the right hardware or can¿t configure a server or are supporting less experienced users? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Michael Jang, has done an outstanding job of writing a cool book that addresses many of the more common complaints faced by the experienced Linux user. Jang, begins by providing you solutions for some of the everyday annoyances. Then, the author gives some tips for the less experienced users. Next, the author shows you how to make Internet access as convenient and simple as possible for regular users. He also provides solutions for the geek who needs to set up regular users with access to popular tools, such as PDF files, MP3 players, and Windows-based applications. The author continues by showing the geek how to make choices in hardware, distributions, and systems that are appropriate for his or her users. Then, he shows the geek how to optimize Linux, solve some annoying boot issues, and address some basic security concerns. Next, the author focuses primarily on those kernal-related tasks that make most Linux users look to the geek for help. He then focuses on a variety of annoyances related to keeping your systems running smoothly and up-to-date. The author continues by showing you how to select and configure servers to solve a variety of problems, with a higher degree of security. Then, he focuses on annoyances created by and associated with the presence of different kinds of users in an organization. Finally, the author provides solutions for a wide variety of other annoyances related to system administration. This most excellent book shows you how to get a stubborn wireless card to work under Linux. Perhaps more importantly, it reveals little-known sources for wireless drivers and information.