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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 linea source of great power in Linuxand 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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