Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora
The GNU/Linux® success story is well known. Firmly established as a high-performance operating system, its worldwide installations are increasing at phenomenal rates. Much of this success has been on the server side, but more and more PC users are turning to Linux on the desktop, as well.
For those grounded in Microsoft Windows® or Apple Macintosh® graphical interfaces, the first look at a powerful Unix-style operating system can be daunting. This book provides a clear, no-nonsense introduction to the popular Red Hat® distribution of Linux. It takes you through installation and shows you the key parts of the system, always with an eye toward what can go wrong and what you need to know to get over the humps.
Linux is known as a secure environment and a good platform to run a web server. These topics are among the many covered in this book. But did you know you can also burn CDs, sync a PalmPilot™, and edit slideshow presentations with powerful tools on Linux? Those topics are covered here, too.
Red Hat currently provides two distributions, both documented in this book. The first is their commercial, subscription-based product, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux and also available through retail channels as Red Hat Professional Workstation. The second is the freely distributed Fedora distribution. The Publisher's Edition of Fedora is included in this book on two disks.
New in this edition are installation instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, package updating for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, information on the GRUB bootloader, and the CUPS printer system.
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Why Run Linux?
What Is Linux?
Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux
Preparing to Install Linux
Collecting Information About Your System
Preparing Your Hard Disk
Start the Installation
Keeping Your Fedora Core System Up to Date
Configuring and Administering Linux
Administering Your System by Using the System Tools Menu
Controlling Services by Using the Server Settings Menu
Connecting to the Internet
Configuring an Internet Connection
The Mozilla Web Browser
gFTP FTP Client
The Firstboot Service
Logging into the Desktop
How Linux Works
How Linux Organizes Data
Using the GNOME and KDE Desktops
Using the GNOME Desktop
Using the KDE Desktop
Using Linux Applications
Conquering the bash Shell
Working with the Linux Command Prompt
Useful Linux Programs
Installing Software Using the RPM Package Manager
The redhatinstallpackages Command
The rpm Command
Querying the RPM Database
Installing a Package
Uninstalling a Package
Updating a Package
Advanced RPM Techniques
Configuring Linux to Use a Cable or DSL Modem
Setting Up Network Services
The Secure Shell
Implementing a Basic Firewall
Checking Your Security by Using Nmap
Network Security Tips
Advanced Shell Usage and Shell Scripts
Using Virtual Consoles
X and the Shell
Understanding Shell Scripts
Linux Directory Tree
Principal Linux Files
Managing the Boot Process
Linux Command Quick Reference