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Overview

What better way to learn something than from the inside? Novell Linux Desktop 9 Administrator's Handbook brings you inside the system and inside the only Novell authorized administrator's handbook for the new Novell Linux Desktop (NLD). Learn how NLD interacts with other Novell components and how to integrate security throughout the operating system. You'll also cover:

  • Working with graphical interfaces, devices and file systems
  • How to boot, initialize, shutdown and run levels
  • Linux administration
With the help of Novell Linux Desktop 9 Administrator's Handbook, you will master the administration of Novell Linux Desktop 9 systems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672327902
  • Publisher: Sybex, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2005
  • Series: Novell Press Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmett Dulaney is the author of the Novell CLP Study Guide and numerous other books. A columnist for UnixReview, he also writes for CertCities and holds seventeen vendor certifications.
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IntroductionIntroductionWhat Is Covered in this Book

This book is divided into 13 chapters. Each chapter builds on the ones that have come before it.

Chapter 1 explores just what the Novell Linux Desktop is and why you should consider it.

Chapter 2 explains how to install Novell Linux Desktop. It also looks at ways to update it with service packs and keep it current.

Chapter 3 explains the graphical interfaces. Two graphical desktop environments, GNOME and KDE, are included with NLD, and you can choose either or both with which to interact.

Chapter 4 introduces the command line—a source of great power in Linux—and introduces you to the most popular utilities that can be run from it.

Chapter 5 introduces Yet Another Setup Tool (YaST). This interface simplifies configuration settings and provides a unified interface for many administrative tasks.

Chapter 6 looks at hardware devices, such as printers, and how NLD interacts with them.

Chapter 7 explains how NLD works with filesystems.

Chapter 8 explains the files that exist in NLD and how to create and work with them.

Chapter 9 discusses Boot, Initialization, Shutdown, and Runlevels.

Chapter 10 focuses on Linux administration and the tasks you will likely face on a regular basis.

Chapter 11 looks at networking and how NLD interacts with other operating systems.

Chapter 12 introduces security.

Chapter 13 discusses how NLD interacts with other environments and how to use it in the real world.What this Book Is Not

This book is not designed to be a programmer's guide or focus on such topics as kernel tweaking. Those are not part of the normal administrators role and thus notincluded in an Administrator's Handbook. This is not a reference work for network theory, protocols, or architectures.

This book focuses on the implementation of Novell Linux Desktop and the administration of it after that implementation.

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Table of Contents

1. What Is the Novell Linux Desktop?

Ancient History

The History of Linux

The Novell Linux Desktop

Understanding What the Linux Kernel Is

Summary

2. Installing Novell Linux Desktop 9.

Minimum System Requirements

Installing the Operating System

Text-based Installs

Customizing the Installation

Troubleshooting Installation Problems

X Server Problems

Monitor Problems

Upgrading During Installation

Keeping the System Current

Using Online Update

Using Red Carpet

Using an Update CD

Summary

3. Working with the Desktop Environments.

An Overview of GNOME

Administering the GNOME Desktop

An Overview of KDE

KDE Menu

Konqueror

Shell

KDE HelpCenter

Web Browser

Configuring the Desktop

Administering the KDE Desktop

The Kiosk Admin Tool

The Config Editor

Summary

4. Working on the Command Line.

Basics of the Command Line

Command-Line Interaction

Connecting Commands

Wildcards

The Path Statement and Other Variables

Common Variables

Quoting

Command History

Command Aliasing

Other Features and Notes

Processing Text

head and tail

Sort and Count

Other Useful Utilities

Basic File Management

Working with cd and pwd

Absolute and Relative Addressing

Working with ls

Standard Output and Input

Working with Processes

What Is a Process

Working with ps

Working with pstree and top

Ending a Process

Background and Foreground

Changing Priorities

nice

renice

Working with grep

Options for grep

fgrep

egrep

Working with vi

Starting vi

Navigation

Changing Text

Saving Files

Inserting and Deleting

Navigating Screens

Searching for Text

Copying Text

Other Operations

Summary

5. Working with YaST.

Introducing YaST

Working with Software

Working with Hardware

Working with System Settings

Working with Networks

Working with Network Services

Working with Security and Users

Working with User Settings

Working with Security Settings

The Misc Option

Summary

6. Working with Devices.

Attaching Devices

Understanding Printing

Printing a File

Formatting a File

Moving Up to CUPS

Using the Add Printer Wizard

Printing Utilities

Using the CUPS Web Interface

Simplified Administration

Creating Bootable Floppies

Summary

7. Working with Filesystems.

The Standard Disk Layout

The / Directory

The bin Directory

The boot Directory

The etc Directory

The home Directory

The lib Directory

The media Directory

The mnt Directory

The opt Directory

The proc Directory

The root Directory

The sbin Directory

The srv Directory

The sys Directory

The tmp Directory

The usr Directory

The var Directory

Other Directories

The Hard Disk Layout

Working with Hard Disks

Creating Partitions

Creating Filesystems

Maintaining Filesystem Integrity

Mounting and Unmounting

Hard Disks and YaST

Summary

8. Working with Files.

Working with File Permissions and Ownership

Standard Permissions

Changing Values

Access Control Lists

Special Permissions

Copying and Moving Files and Directories

cp

mv

Removing Files and Directories

Making Directories

Working with Links

Hard Links

Symbolic Links

Finding Files on Your System

Three Utilities of Note

xargs

tee

touch

Summary

9. Booting and Runlevels.

Walking Through a Normal Boot

Understanding Runlevels

Changing Runlevels

The inittab File

LILO and GRUB

Related Boot Files and Utilities

Summary

10. Linux Administration.

Creating and Managing Users

Creating User Accounts at the Command Line

Managing User Accounts

Removing Users

Working with Groups

Creating a New Group

Picking a Group

Modifying Groups

Working with PAM

Configuring System Logs

The Log Daemon

Files to Know

Monitoring the System

Summary

11. Networking.

TCP/IP Background

The Four Layers of TCP/IP

Primary Protocols

Protocols and Ports

TCP/IP Host Configuration

IP Address

Subnet Mask

Default Gateway

Supplying Values

Other TCP/IP Configuration

Configuring Routes

Configuring Networking Services

The /etc/services File

Network Access

Working with NFS, smb, and nmb

NFS

NIS

SMB

NMB

Working with the IP Tool

Summary

12. Security.

Applying Common Sense

Working with iptables

Host Security

User-Level Security

YaST Settings

Maintaining Effective Backups

Utilities to Know

dd

Related Utilities

Summary

13. Living with Novell Linux Desktop.

NLD as a Standalone Operating System

NLD in a Windows Environment

NLD in a Novell Environment

Directory Services

Storage Services

Print Services

End User Services

Administrative Services

Basic Shell Tools

Administrative Tools

Networking Tools

Miscellaneous Tools

Summary

Index.

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Preface

Introduction

What Is Covered in this Book

This book is divided into 13 chapters. Each chapter builds on the ones that have come before it.

Chapter 1 explores just what the Novell Linux Desktop is and why you should consider it.

Chapter 2 explains how to install Novell Linux Desktop. It also looks at ways to update it with service packs and keep it current.

Chapter 3 explains the graphical interfaces. Two graphical desktop environments, GNOME and KDE, are included with NLD, and you can choose either or both with which to interact.

Chapter 4 introduces the command line—a source of great power in Linux—and introduces you to the most popular utilities that can be run from it.

Chapter 5 introduces Yet Another Setup Tool (YaST). This interface simplifies configuration settings and provides a unified interface for many administrative tasks.

Chapter 6 looks at hardware devices, such as printers, and how NLD interacts with them.

Chapter 7 explains how NLD works with filesystems.

Chapter 8 explains the files that exist in NLD and how to create and work with them.

Chapter 9 discusses Boot, Initialization, Shutdown, and Runlevels.

Chapter 10 focuses on Linux administration and the tasks you will likely face on a regular basis.

Chapter 11 looks at networking and how NLD interacts with other operating systems.

Chapter 12 introduces security.

Chapter 13 discusses how NLD interacts with other environments and how to use it in the real world.

What this Book Is Not

This book is not designed to be a programmer's guide or focus on such topics as kernel tweaking. Those are not part of the normal administrators role and thus not included in an Administrator's Handbook. This is not a reference work for network theory, protocols, or architectures.

This book focuses on the implementation of Novell Linux Desktop and the administration of it after that implementation.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    check out YaST

    Novell offers its own version of linux for the desktop, and Dulaney explains how to administer it. Perhaps the most distinctive aspect is its YaST [Yet another Setup Tool]. Readers experienced in unix will recognise parallels with AIX's SMIT. Here, YaST lets a sysadmin who might be inexperienced with the linux command line cope with the complexity. By hiding it behind a user interface, that can be either terminal based or X Windows based graphical mode. YaST has a simple and useful grouping of typical common sysadmin tasks. Notably installing and removing software and patches. But it's not just for software. YaST is shown to handle hardware configuration, of various types of devices like CD drives, graphics and monitor, printer, scanner and so on. Actually, even for an experienced Novell linux sysadmin, you might well be inclined to use YaST whenever possible. A great time saver. Understand though that it won't help you when there are very specific and specialised tasks, where these might involve custom writing of scripts, for example. But the point about YaST is that it frees up your time to concentrate on those harder problems.

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