Linux Pocket Guide

Linux Pocket Guide

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by Daniel J. Barrett
     
 

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If you're looking for a quick guide to Linux, you've found it. The Linux Pocket Guide covers the most useful and important parts of day-to-day Linux in a concise and friendly style to get you working productively in no time. The Linux Pocket Guide is both a quick reference for experienced users and a guided tour for beginners. It starts with general concepts like…  See more details below

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If you're looking for a quick guide to Linux, you've found it. The Linux Pocket Guide covers the most useful and important parts of day-to-day Linux in a concise and friendly style to get you working productively in no time. The Linux Pocket Guide is both a quick reference for experienced users and a guided tour for beginners. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it. Commands are grouped by function, not just alphabetically, to provide an organized learning path. This book is tailored to Fedora Linux -- the latest spinoff of Red Hat Linux -- but most of the information applies to any Linux system. If you need to get up-to-speed quickly on practical Linux use, or want a short, functional reference by your side, the Linux Pocket Guide is for you.

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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:
9781449316693
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
262,171
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Daniel J. Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently, he is working as a software engineer. He is the author of O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide, and the coauthor of two more O'Reilly books: Linux Security Cookbook, and SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide.

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