Running Linux [NOOK Book]


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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553005
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/22/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 974
  • Sales rank: 904,516
  • File size: 15 MB
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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".

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Linux.

About This Book

Who's Using Linux?

System Features

About Linux's Copyright

Open Source and the Philosophy of Linux

Sources of Linux Information

Getting Help

2. Preinstallation and Installation.

Distributions of Linux

Preparing to Install Linux

Post-Installation Procedures

Running into Trouble

3. Desktop Environments.

Why Use a Graphical Desktop?

The K Desktop Environment

KDE Applications

The GNOME Desktop Environment

GNOME Applications

4. Basic Unix Commands and Concepts.

Logging In

Setting a Password

Virtual Consoles

Popular Commands


Useful Keys and How to Get Them to Work

Typing Shortcuts

Filename Expansion

Saving Your Output

What Is a Command?

Putting a Command in the Background

Remote Logins and Command Execution

Manual Pages

Startup Files

Important Directories

Basic Text Editing

Advanced Shells and Shell Scripting

5. Web Browsers and Instant Messaging.

The World Wide Web

Instant Messaging

6. Electronic Mail Clients.

Using KMail

Using Mozilla Mail & News

Getting the Mail to Your Computer with fetchmail

OpenPGP Encryption with GnuPG

7. Games.


Quake III

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Unreal Tournament 2004


Frozen Bubble

Tux Racer

8. Office Suites and Personal Productivity.

Using OpenOffice


Other Word Processors

Synching PDAs


Managing Your Finances

9. Multimedia.

Multimedia Concepts

Kernel and Driver Issues

Embedded and Other Multimedia Devices

Desktop Environments

Windows Compatibility

Multimedia Applications

Multimedia Toolkits and Development Environments

Solutions to Common Problems



10. System Administration Basics.

Maintaining the System

Managing Filesystems

Managing Swap Space

The /proc Filesystem

Device Files

Scheduling Recurring Jobs Using cron

Executing Jobs Once

Managing System Logs


Programs That Serve You

11. Managing Users, Groups, and Permissions.

Managing User Accounts

File Ownership and Permissions

Changing the Owner, Group, and Permissions

12. Installing, Updating, and Compiling Programs.

Upgrading Software

General Upgrade Procedure

Automated and Bulk Upgrades

Upgrading Software Not Provided in Packages

Archive and Compression Utilities

13. Networking.

Networking with TCP/IP

Dial-Up PPP



Cable Modems

Network Diagnostics Tools

14. Printing.


Managing Print Services

15. File Sharing.

Sharing Files with Windows Systems (Samba)

NFS and NIS Configuration

16. The X Window System.

A History of X

X Concepts

Hardware Requirements



Running X

Running into Trouble

X and 3D

17. System Start and Shutdown.

Booting the System

System Startup and Initialization

Single-User Mode

Shutting Down the System

A Graphical Runlevel Editor: KSysV

18. Configuring and Building the Kernel.

Building a New Kernel

Loadable Device Drivers

Loading Modules Automatically

19. Text Editing.

Editing Files Using vi

The (X)Emacs Editor

20. Text Processing.

TeX and LaTeX

XML and DocBook




21. Programming Tools.

Programming with gcc


Debugging with gdb

Useful Utilities for C Programmers

Using Perl



Other Languages

Introduction to OpenGL Programming

Integrated Development Environments

22. Running a Web Server.

Configuring Your Own Web Server

23. Transporting and Handling Email Messages.

The Postfix MTA


Filtering Spam

24. Running an FTP Server.


Compiling and Installing

Running ProFTPD



25. Running Web Applications with MySQL and PHP.



The LAMP Server in Action

26. Running a Secure System.

A Perspective on System Security

Initial Steps in Setting Up a Secure System

TCP Wrapper Configuration

Firewalls: Filtering IP Packets


27. Backup and Recovery.

Making Backups

What to Do in an Emergency

28. Heterogeneous Networking and Running Windows Programs.

Sharing Partitions

Emulation and Virtual Operating Systems

Remote Desktop Access to Windows Programs

FreeNX: Linux as a Remote Desktop Server

Appendix: 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


    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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