Linux Unwired: A Complete Guide to Wireless Configuration

Linux Unwired: A Complete Guide to Wireless Configuration

by Roger Weeks, Edd Dumbill, Brian Jepson
     
 

From the author of "Wireless Hacks," comes a Linux guide for home, for the office, and for the road.See more details below

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From the author of "Wireless Hacks," comes a Linux guide for home, for the office, and for the road.

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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:
9780596005832
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Roger Weeks has been living and working with computers since 1982 when he got his first Atari, and discovered a whole new world with the purchase of a 300bps modem.

He has designed, built and supported large and small server installations and networks from LAN to WAN to wireless. He was a part of the NoCat wireless group in Sebastopol, CA for several years and considers that one of the best experiences of his life. In the past several years he has focused on security, from wireless to service providers to storage.

He is currently a Technical Marketing Engineer focused on Product Security at NetApp in Sunnyvale, CA. Roger is a coauthor of Linux Unwired and Wireless Hacks, 2nd Edition.

Edd Dumbill is Managing Editor of XML.com. He is an enthusiastic software developer as well as a writer. Edd is also the chair of the XML Europe 2002 conference, and chaired the O'Reilly XTech 2001 conference on XML.

Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications.

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