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Overview

With the advent of the new 2.4-series kernels, a new XFree86 architecture and distribution, and advances soon slated to hit the KDE and GNOME markets, the time is ripe to craft the definitive and classic intermediate to advanced work covering Red Hat Linux. Red Hat Linux 7.2 Unleashed does not incorporate any previous material. All chapters concentrate on Red Hat Linux software and tools, and more specifically those software packages included with Red Hat Linux. There is new topic coverage in areas such as:

  • The architecture of the new Linux kernel;
  • Use of the new version 4.0 of the rpm command;
  • USB;
  • KDE 2.1/2.2;
  • GNOME 1.4;
  • Ximian GNOME;
  • Broadband access issues, routing, gateways, firewalling (SOHO networking);
  • Support for new filesystems;
  • The new XFree86 architecture and features;
  • Disk tuning;
  • New printing services (Red Hat now uses LPRng) ;
  • Security.
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This update of a bestseller on a previous version of Linux treats the popular operating system as a now "mature contender for all levels of computing." Chapters cover installation and configuration, system administration, system services administration, and programming and productivity. Included are Internet resources, command quick references, package manager listings, and two CD- ROMs containing the complete publisher's edition of Red Hat Linux with many software packages (not all of which are freeware). Ball belongs to the Northern Virginia Linux Users Group. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672322822
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/12/2001
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 859
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Installation and Configuration 9
1 Introducing Red Hat Linux 11
What Is Red Hat Linux? 12
The Advantages of Using Red Hat Linux 13
What's New with Red Hat Linux? 15
Red Hat Linux in the Enterprise 16
Red Hat Linux for Small Business 17
Red Hat and Linux Documentation 17
Reference 19
2 Preparing to Install Red Hat Linux 21
Hardware Requirements 24
Overview of the Install Process 30
Partitioning Before and During Installation 32
Using Red Hat's kickstart Installation Method 34
Reference 35
3 Installing Red Hat Linux 37
Choosing How to Install Red Hat Linux 40
Step-by-Step Installation 43
Login and Shutdown 58
Reference 59
4 Post-Installation Configuration 61
Pointer and Keyboard Configuration 62
Adding or Changing Display Graphics 67
Sound Configuration Issues 69
Detecting and Configuring a Modem 70
Power-Management Issues 74
Managing PCMCIA 76
Reference 77
5 First Steps with Linux 79
Understanding Linux 80
Using the Console 83
Navigation and Searching 85
File Management 86
Introduction to Text Editors 88
Working as root 91
Permissions 92
Reading Documentation 94
Reference 95
6 The X Window System 97
Basic X Concepts 98
Overview of XFree86 99
Configuring X 104
Starting X 121
Configuring xdm 124
Using startx 125
X Window Managers 126
The FVWM2 Window Manager 128
Reference 135
Part II System Administration 137
7 Managing Services 139
How Red Hat Linux Boots 140
Red Hat Linux Runlevels 141
Controlling Boot Services 147
Starting and Stopping Services 149
Changing Runlevels 151
Reference 152
8 Managing Software and System Resources 153
Using RPM 154
Command-Line and Graphical RPM Clients 155
System Monitoring Tools 163
Console-Based Monitoring 163
Graphical Process and System Management Tools 167
Using Quotas 170
Reference 172
9 Managing Users 175
Users Defined 176
Running as Root on a Regular Basis 177
About Group IDs 181
Security and Passwords 183
The Source of the Users' Home Files 187
Adding New Users from the Command Line 188
The User Login Process 192
GUI Administration Tools 193
Disk Quotas 199
Communicating with Users 200
Extreme Control Via Restricted Shells 201
Reference 202
10 Managing the Filesystems 205
History of the Native Linux Filesystems 207
The Disk Defined 209
How to Access and Manipulate the Partition Table 210
The Files 215
Naming Conventions Used for Block and Character Devices 217
Using mknod to Create Devices 218
What Are Character Devices, Block Devices, and Special Devices? 218
What Filesystems Are Available on Your Red Hat 7.2 System? 219
What Kinds of Filesystems Are Available to Linux? 219
Alternative Filesystems for Linux 224
Converting an Existing ext2 Filesystem to ext3 225
DOS Filesystems 228
CD-ROM Filesystems 229
Creating Filesystems 230
Mounting Filesystems 234
Mounting Automatically with fstab 236
Configuring RAID 238
Moving a Filesystem 239
Something New--LVM 241
GUI Tools To Mount Filesystems 242
Examples 245
Disk Tuning 250
Filesystem Tuning 254
Reference 257
11 Backing Up, Restoring, and Recovery 259
Why Do We Need Backups at All? 260
What Scheme Is Best for You? 266
What Hardware and Media Are at Our Disposal? 266
The Tried and True Backup Medium 267
Making the Big Decision 268
Using Backup Software 269
Copying Files 276
System Recovery 279
Booting the System from the Rescue CD 283
Booting the System from a Generic Boot Floppy 284
Using the Recovery Facility from the Installation Disk 285
Reference 286
Part III System Services Administration 289
12 Printing Services 291
Overview of Red Hat Linux Printing 292
Creating Network Printers 300
Session Message Block Printing 302
Printing Tools 303
Reference 306
13 Network Connectivity 307
TCP/IP 308
Networking 310
Network Devices 312
Configuration Tools 317
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 328
Network File System 334
Samba 337
Wireless Networking 343
Security 345
14 Managing DNS 351
DNS Concepts 352
BIND 361
Troubleshooting 375
Security 378
Reference 385
15 Internet Connectivity 387
Configuring the localhost Interface 388
Configuring Red Hat Linux to Use PPP 390
Setting Up a DSL PPPOE Connection 397
Setting Up a Dial-In PPP Server 399
Reference 401
16 Apache Web Server Management 403
Server Installation 405
Runtime Server Configuration Settings 410
Authentication and Access Control 417
Apache Modules 422
Virtual Hosting 430
Logging 432
Dynamic Content 434
Starting and Stopping the Server 442
Graphic Interface Configuration 445
Other Web Servers 447
Reference 449
17 Database Services 451
Types of Databases 452
Overview of DBA Responsibilities 453
An Introduction to Relational Database Theory 454
An Introduction to SQL 457
Choosing a Database 463
MySQL Versus PostgreSQL 463
Installing and Configuring MySQL 468
Installing and Configuring PostgreSQL 471
Database Clients 474
Command Line Clients 477
Graphical Clients 479
Reference 480
18 File Transfer Protocol 481
FTP Servers 482
Installing the Software 483
The FTP User 484
Cleaning Up the Installation 486
Xinetd Configuration 488
Configuring the Server 489
Access Control 491
Information 493
Logging 496
Permission Control 497
Miscellaneous 498
Server Administration 504
Using FTP 510
A Typical FTP Session 512
Graphical FTP Clients 515
Reference 517
19 Handling Electronic Mail 519
An Introduction to E-mail 520
Choosing an MTA 522
Basic Sendmail Configuration and Operation 523
Mail Relaying 526
Aliases 527
Sendmail Access Control 527
Retrieving Mail from Remote Mail Servers 528
Console Mail Clients 532
Graphical E-mail Clients 535
E-mail Forwarding 536
uuencode and uudecode 537
Reference 538
20 News Server Management 539
Overview of Network News 540
The INN News Server 553
News Readers 569
Reference 573
Part IV Programming and Productivity 575
21 Introduction to C/C++ Programming Tools 577
Background on the C Language 578
Elements of the C++ Language 579
Project Management Tools 581
GNU C Compiler Command-Line Switches 588
New Features of the GNU egcs Compiler System 589
Additional Resources 590
Reference 591
22 Shell Scripting 593
Creating and Executing a Shell Program 595
Variables 598
Positional Parameters 599
Built-In Variables 600
Special Characters 601
Comparison of Expressions 604
Iteration Statements 613
Conditional Statements 618
Miscellaneous Statements 621
Functions 622
Reference 623
23 Using Perl 625
A Simple Perl Program 626
Perl Variables and Data Structures 628
Operators 630
Conditional Statements: if/else and unless 634
Looping 636
Regular Expressions 638
Access to the Shell 639
Switches 640
Modules and CPAN 643
Code Examples 644
Perl-Related Tools 649
Reference 649
24 Kernel and Module Management 653
The Linux Kernel 654
When to Recompile 656
The Linux Source Tree 656
Types of Kernels 665
Kernel Versions 666
Getting the Kernel 667
Patching the Kernel 668
Compiling the Kernel 669
Different Configuration Interfaces 672
Making Dependencies 679
Final Steps 679
Building and Installing Modules 680
Configuring Grub 681
Configuring LILO 683
When Something Goes Wrong 685
Reference 687
25 Productivity Applications 689
Installing and Launching StarOffice 691
OpenOffice 693
KDE's KOffice Office Suite 696
GNOME Office Suite Clients 699
PDA Connectivity 702
Graphics Productivity Programs 703
Reference 708
26 Emulators and Other Operating Systems 711
Using the DOSEMU Emulator and FreeDOS Utilities 712
Configuring, Installing, and Using VMware 715
Windows Program Execution Using Wine 724
MacOS Emulation Using Basilisk II 724
MacOS Emulation Using Executor 725
Remote Computer Operating Using Xvnc 726
Reference 728
Part V Reference 729
A Internet Resources 731
Web Sites and Search Engines 732
Web Site Resources 733
Usenet Newsgroups 737
Mailing Lists 739
Internet Relay Chat 740
B RPM Package Listings 741
Querying the RPM Database 742
C Common Commands Quick Reference
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    Help the starters please

    I liked the spread of the book but, I could'nt get the vital steps to install Linux on a partition without disturbing the windows 95 operating system already present. This is absolutely necessary for a person to start using Linux.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Great Guide

    If you have no clue what BIOS is and have never seen DOS then this probably isn't the book for you. By all means still check it out, but while this serves as an excellent guide to those new to linux it does assume knowlege of basic computing fundamentals. The guide through the installation, which is possibly the most frightening part of linux, is well written and makes the transition easy. The CD's for Redhat 7.2 are included and the book covers just about everything from initially putting the cd into your cd drive to the use of perl and c++ to the mastery of system administration using linux. If you consider yourself a linux guru then this will certainly serve as an excelent refrence guide. I've been a windows user for life and will always have a machine running windows for possibly the rest of my life, but now I have my linux box running right along side it as my primary server. The book covers running apache and really shows you how to customise your linux environment. If you are familiar with computers but have never even seen linux this book will STILL work for you perfectly, but if you've never tunred on a computer before then this wouldn't be the way to go. I highly recoment this book as an introduction to linux (which is how i used it) or as a refrence guide for almost anything you would run across.

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