Running Linux, 5th Edition

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You may be contemplating your first Linux installation. Or you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or setting up an FTP server. Running Linux, now in its fifth edition, is the book you'll want on hand in either case. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the questions and tackles the configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom ...

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Overview

You may be contemplating your first Linux installation. Or you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or setting up an FTP server. Running Linux, now in its fifth edition, is the book you'll want on hand in either case. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the questions and tackles the configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books.

This fifth edition of Running Linux is greatly expanded, reflecting the maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software available for it. Hot consumer topics suchas audio and video playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that always have made the book popular.

Running Linux covers basic communications such as mail, web surfing, and instant messaging, but also delves into the subtleties of network configuration—including dial-up, ADSL, and cable modems—in case you need to set up your network manually. The book canmake you proficient on office suites and personal productivity applications—and also tells you what programming tools are available if you're interested in contributing to these applications.

Other new topics in the fifth edition include encrypted email and filesystems, advanced shell techniques, and remote login applications. Classic discussions on booting, package management, kernel recompilation, and X configuration have also been updated.

The authors of Running Linux have anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and provided clear instructions to ensure that you'll have a satisfying experience using Linux. The discussion is direct and complete enough to guide novice users, while still providing the additional information experienced users will need to progress in their mastery of Linux.

Whether you're using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a network server, Running Linux will provide expert advice just when you need it.

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Approach Linux with the inquisitiveness and creativity that has always marked the open source community: read Running Linux, 5th Edition.

You won’t find more experienced authors. Matt Welsh wrote the original “Linux Installation and Getting Started” guide; Matthias Dalheimer now leads the KDE Foundation. Their knowledge shows, whether they’re talking about system administration, multimedia, or programming.

You’ll start by getting comfortable and productive: navigating command lines and GUIs; using browsers and office software; even gaming. Then, the authors lead you into the heart of Linux. You’ll build kernels, process text, manage startup, troubleshoot X Window video. You’ll implement print, file, network, and Internet services. There’s even a full chapter on building LAMP application environments. Along the way, the authors introduce a raft of new topics, from encrypted email to groupware -- all with the clarity and accuracy you need to get results. Bill Camarda, from the February 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007607
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 974
  • Sales rank: 549,300
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Kalle Dalheimer is the President & CEO of Klaralvdalens Datakonsult AB, a Sweden-based consultancy specializing in platform-independent software solutions. He is also a founding member of the KDE project and the current president of the KDE foundation. Kalle has written numerous books for O'Reilly, both in English and in his native German, including "Running Linux" and "Programming with Qt". In his spare time, he enjoys cross-country skiing and reading history books. Kalle lives with his wife Tanja and his two sons Jan and Tim in the middle of the forest near Hagfors in the Swedish province of Varmland.

Matt Welsh is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His current research focuses on wireless sensor networks, including operating systems design, distributed systems, networking, and parallel computing. Matt is a long-time Linux advocate and developer, a role in which he has fielded questions from thousands of Linux users over the years. He was the original coordinator of the Linux Documentation Project and author of the original "Linux Installation and Getting Started" guide. He completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: Enjoying and Being Productive on Linux

Chapter 1: Introduction to Linux

Chapter 2: Preinstallation and Installation

Chapter 3: Desktop Environments

Chapter 4: Basic Unix Commands and Concepts

Chapter 5: Web Browsers and Instant Messaging

Chapter 6: Electronic Mail Clients

Chapter 7: Games

Chapter 8: Office Suites and Personal Productivity

Chapter 9: Multimedia

Part II: System Administration

Chapter 10: System Administration Basics

Chapter 11: Managing Users, Groups, and Permissions

Chapter 12: Installing, Updating, and Compiling Programs

Chapter 13: Networking

Chapter 14: Printing

Chapter 15: File Sharing

Chapter 16: The X Window System

Chapter 17: System Start and Shutdown

Chapter 18: Configuring and Building the Kernel

Chapter 19: Text Editing

Chapter 20: Text Processing

Part III: Programming

Chapter 21: Programming Tools

Chapter 22: Running a Web Server

Chapter 23: Transporting and Handling Email Messages

Chapter 24: Running an FTP Server

Part IV: Network Services

Chapter 25: Running Web Applications with MySQL and PHP

Chapter 26: Running a Secure System

Chapter 27: Backup and Recovery

Chapter 28: Heterogeneous Networking and Running Windows Programs

Appendix A: Sources of Linux Information

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Good for old reference.

    Please be warned that this book was released in, like, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    KEEP YOUR LINUX RUNNING!!

    Are you a programmer who is increasingly using Linux because of its extensibility and low cost? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Matt Welsh, have done an outstanding job of writing this 5th edition of a practical guide that provides you with an overview to Linux as a desktop and a back-office system. Dalheimer and Welsh, begin by introducing you to Linux, and bring you to the point where you can do all the standard activities people do on other systems: emailing , web surfing, playing games, watching videos, and so on. Then, the authors show you how to set up your Linux system and its environment for such tasks as printing and sharing files with other systems. They also show you how to take care of your system in other ways. Next, they explore interesting advanced topics that make Linux a powerful asset, such as programming. Finally, they introduce several services and other advanced networking activities. In this most excellent book, the authors show you how you can completely change the way you work with computers by exploring a powerful and free operating system. More importantly, this book gives you some of the behind-the-scenes views, so you have an understanding of the workings of a system, even if it's not strictly necessary for casual Linux use.

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