Running Linux

Running Linux

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Running Linux by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, Lar Kaufman, Matt Welsh, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer

Once a little-known productivity boost for personal computers, Linux is now becoming a central part of computing environments everywhere. This operating system now serves as corporate hubs, web servers, academic research platforms, and program development systems. All along it's also managed to keep its original role as an enjoyable environment for personal computing, learning system administration and programming skills, and all-around hacking.

This book, now in its third edition, has been widely recognized for years in the Linux community as the getting-started book people need. It goes into depth about configuration issues that often trip up users but are glossed over by other books.

A complete, UNIX-compatible operating system developed by volunteers on the Internet, Linux is distributed freely in electronic form and at a low cost from many vendors. Developed first on the PC, it has been ported to many other architectures and can now support such heavy-duty features as multiprocessing, RAID, and clustering.

Software packages on Linux include the Samba file server and Apache Web server; the X Window System (X11R6); TCP/IP networking (including PPP, SSH, and NFS support); popular software tools such as Emacs and TeX; a complete software development environment including C, C++, Java, Perl, Tcl/Tk, and Python; libraries, debuggers, multimedia support, scientific and database applications, and much more. Commercial applications that run on Linux range from end-user tools like word processors and spreadsheets to mission-critical software like the Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and IBM DB/2 database management systems.

Running Linux explains everything you need to understand, install, and start using the Linux operating system. This includes a comprehensive installation tutorial, complete information on system maintenance, tools for document development and programming, and guidelines for network, file, printer, and Web site administration.

New topics in the third edition include:

  • KDE, a desktop that brings the friendliness and ease-of-use of Windows or the Macintosh to Linux
  • Samba, which turns Linux into a office hub that serves files and printers to Microsoft systems
  • PPP, the most popular software for logging into remote systems over phone lines
  • Revised instructions for installation and configuration, particularly covering the Red Hat and SuSE distributions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565924697
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/08/1999
Series: Running Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 760
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

Lar Kaufman is a documentation consultant living in Concord, Massachusetts. He began writing about UNIX in 1983 and since then has written on System V, BSD, Mach, OSF/1, and now Linux. His hobbies include interactive media as art/literature, homebuilt and antique aircraft (he's a licensed aircraft mechanic), and natural history. Formerly a BBS operator, in 1987 Lar founded the Fidonet echoes (newsgroups) Biosphere and BioNews. He is currently leading a project to establish a global biological conservation network, using a Linux host as the mail, news, and file server.

is a computer scientist with research interests spanning many aspects of complex systems, 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 and is currently a researcher at Intel Research Labs in Berkeley, and will be joining the faculty of the Computer Science department at Harvard University in July 2003.

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Running Linux 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic overview of this powerful operating system and its set of tools... Perfect for beginners and intermediate users alike. When I refer to beginners, I mean true beginners, not just PhD's without much experience in Linux. If you can use your Windows machine, you WILL learn Linux with this book. In addition, you'll learn the 'how' and the 'why' of the OS, and jump into the Linux 'culture'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I have used this book successfully for well over a year now, and in spite of massive improvements and changes within Linux, the concepts and at least 90% of the examples within Running Linux are still relevant, and still vital for the aspiring Linux student. I can say with confidence that I look forward to their next edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well,this book is excellent for intermediates and beginners who have always been drueling every time they see most super users go do powerful things like makefiles , and such .
Guest More than 1 year ago
With its first edition dating back to early 1995, Matt Welsh's book is widely regarded as classic, to the extent this term can be applied to Linux. Mr. Welsh, now continuing his PhD studies at UC Berkeley, is a renowned Linux expert, and was actively involved in Linux development since 1992. In particular, he is known in the Linux community for starting the Linux Documentation Project, for contributing to it with Linux Installation and Getting Started (LIGS) Guide (available freely from the Internet) and, lately, for being the founding editor of the Linux Magazine.

Running Linux grew out of LIGS as its expanded and professionally edited version. This has its pluses and minuses. When it came out, there were hardly any other books on Linux available, so it tried to teach the reader everything, from Linux installation to Unix administration, from the command shell basics to compiling the kernel, and from using the C compiler to configuration of X Windows. Its breadth is thus encyclopedic, and yet it is surprisingly sharp at details. The third edition added all the things that happened since: KDE, GNOME, Samba... It may be my personal feeling only, but the new chapters somewhat stick out, without really growing into the tissue of the text.

More important, the book fails to recognize that the structure of new Linux users changed since 1995. At the time, it was written as a 'getting started' guide, and it served its role perfectly. However, nowadays you cannot assume any more that every new Linux user is familiar with command line commands or other Unix systems. Therefore I don't think I could still recommend Running Linux as a beginners' guide.

Being one of the top-selling books on Linux, it doesn't need any particular recommendation, anyway. Still, Running Linux is a book edited to high O'Reilly standards, and written by some of the most knowledgeable people in Linux community - which is to many a definite plus compared to books written by journalists. I would say its best target population are seasoned Unix users wanting to try Linux, technically minded people in general, and CS students in particular. Others might find its learning curve somewhat steep.

Guest More than 1 year ago
I was bored of going around the web to try to find solutions to my small every day problems in learning how to use and run Linux. This book is the Reference solution. It will last many years on because it has the general tools and concepts covered and of course in a smart O'Reiley fashion. This is not a Dummie guide(so don't expect a tutorial book), it's a book for intelligent people who don't throw away their cash. =) BK
Guest More than 1 year ago
Running Linux provides an outstanding tutorial for the new Linux user explaining basic Unix/Linux concepts and the topics needed to install and Linux in the real world. From this book, one feels very secure with Linux and ready for further documentation. Running Linux is a must for Linux Users and by far the best around for new Linux Users. A job well done.