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UNIX For Dummies [NOOK Book]


Administer UNIX on a LAN and use the newest utilities

Understand the UNIX shell, go online with new browser options, and get things doneSo you’re using UNIX these days? Sure, it can be a little tricky, but this friendly guide will lead you through all its peculiarities. Soon you’ll understand the GNOMETM and KDETM desktops, know the secret names of your Web files, ...

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Administer UNIX on a LAN and use the newest utilities

Understand the UNIX shell, go online with new browser options, and get things doneSo you’re using UNIX these days? Sure, it can be a little tricky, but this friendly guide will lead you through all its peculiarities. Soon you’ll understand the GNOMETM and KDETM desktops, know the secret names of your Web files, Samba with the file server, and most importantly, know how to sidestep common problems.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Find out which flavor of UNIX you have
  • Manage UNIX on a LAN
  • Handle files and directories for Web sites
  • Build good directory structures
  • Recover missing or damaged files
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Editorial Reviews

Gates (CEO, Microsoft Corp.) offers his vision of what lies ahead in the area of new technology and its implications, a history of the Information Age, and projections of how the Information Highway will affect education, business, politics, commerce, and the home. Includes a CD-ROM containing the complete text of the book (why?), multimedia hyperlinks, an interview with Gates, and a World Wide Web browser. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Solve UNIX problems quickly. This book simplifies commands for typing, copying, printing, and more to make you a wizard in no time. Learn to use all versions, including Linux and Berkeley. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118043905
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 694,656
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Levine Young and John R. Levine were members of a computer club in high school (this was before high school students, or even high schools, had computers). They came in contact with Theodor H. Nelson, the author of Computer Lib/Dream Machines and the inventor of hypertext, who fostered the idea that computers should not be taken seriously. He showed them that everyone can understand and use computers.

John wrote his first program in 1967 on an IBM 1130 (a computer roughly as powerful as your typical modern digital wristwatch, only more difficult to use). His first exposure to UNIX was while hanging out with friends in Princeton in 1974; he became an official UNIX system administrator at Yale in 1975. John began working part-time for Interactive Systems, the first commercial UNIX company, in 1977 and has been in and out of the UNIX biz ever since. He used to spend most of his time writing software, but now he mostly writes books (including The Internet For Dummies®, 5th Edition, UNIX® For Dummies®, 4th Edition and Internet Secrets®, published by IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.) because it's more fun, and he can do so at home in the tiny village of Trumansburg, New York. He also speaks on the Internet and related topics. He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University, but please don't hold that against him. Gluttons for punishment can find out more at

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I In the Beginning 7
Ch. 1 Log Me In, UNIX! 9
Ch. 2 What is UNIX, Anyway? 17
Ch. 3 A Few Lines on Linux 31
Pt. II Some Basic Stuff 35
Ch. 4 Opening Windows on UNIX 37
Ch. 5 Files for Fun and Profit 65
Ch. 6 Directories for Fun and Profit 77
Ch. 7 The Shell Game 87
Ch. 8 Where's That File? 101
Ch. 9 Printing (The Gutenberg Thing) 113
Pt. III Getting Things Done 125
Ch. 10 Writing Deathless Prose 127
Ch. 11 Umpteen Useful UNIX Utilities 151
Ch. 12 Installing Software Can Be Tricky 159
Ch. 13 Juggling a Bunch of Programs 173
Ch. 14 Taming Linux 183
Pt. IV UNIX and the Net 189
Ch. 15 Your Computer Is Not Alone 191
Ch. 16 Across a Crowded Network 199
Ch. 17 Automating Your Office Gossip 209
Ch. 18 Web Surfing for UNIX Users 233
Ch. 19 Turbocharge Your Newsreading 257
Ch. 20 Grabbing Files from the Net 283
Ch. 21 Now Serving the Internet 297
Pt. V Help! 305
Ch. 22 Disaster Relief 307
Ch. 23 The Case of the Missing Files 311
Ch. 24 Some Programs Just Won't Die 323
Ch. 25 "My Computer Hates Me" 329
Pt. VI The Part of Tens 341
Ch. 26 Ten Common Mistakes 343
Ch. 27 Ten Times More Information than You Want about UNIX 347
Index 359
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    From a 14 year old's perspective

    This book gave me a total understanding of the Linux environment, and how to break from the chains of Microsoft.

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