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Linux to go
Grace, Rich.
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Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall PTR, 2000.
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xiv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Linux users and administrators: save time, avoid needless hassles, and get better results--now! This book brings together the essential skills, techniques, and tips you need most. It's the quickest way to getting the most out of any Linux system. Coverage includes: X Windows front-ends and Linux GUIs; useful command-line techniques, working with tar and gzip; network administration and integrating Linux with Windows NT and Windows 95/98 environments. Learn how Linux experts save time and money with Apache and other open source technologies, and get practical troubleshooting solutions to the challenging problems Linux users encounter most often. Plus, Linux To Go keeps on solving problems for years to come, through the bonus up-to-the-minute information on PTR's great new To Go Web Site!

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Rich Grace is author of a wide variety of computing books, including The Benchmark Book and The Lingo Handbook (Prentice Hall PTR).

Table of Contents

1 Basic Interactions with the GUI
Basics of Linux Command Line Entry X
2 Navigating the Command Line
Understanding the Linux Directory Tree
Moving Around in Directories
Viewing and Listing Directories
Copying Files and Directories
Renaming and Moving Files and Directories
Creating Directories
Deleting Files and Directories
Finding Files
Using Redirection
Using the Command History
Checking Disk Space
Checking Memory Usage
Using Linux-Based MS-DOS Commands to Copy Files
3 Configuring Devices to Work Under Linux
Introducing Linux Device Names
Introducing /etc/fstab and File Systems
Viewing Current Configurations with dmesg and emacs
Working with a Floppy Drive
Working with a CD-ROM Drive
Working with an IDE Zip Drive
Working with DOS-Formatted Disks
Configuring a Network Interface Card
Connecting to a Printer
4 File Permissions and Ownership
Introducing Linux User Administration
Creating New User Accounts
Creating User Passwords
Creating Groups
Using Groups
Understanding Access Permissions
Using CHMOD to Change File Access Permissions
Using CHOWN and CHGRP to Modify File Ownership
Locating File Types with the file Command
5 Basic Network Administration
Using ifconfig to Set up Your Network Interfaces
Checking Network Behavior
6 Connecting to the Internet
Installing a Modem
Modem Standards
Testing Your Modem with Minicom
Setting up PPD for Full-Time Dial-Out
Configuring Linux for Dial-In
Providing PPP Connections on a Dial-In Line
Setting up PAP and CHAP
7 INN and NNTP: Configuring Linux for News
How Usenet Works
Getting News
Installing INN
Configuring INN
Installing NNTP
8 Using FTP
The Basics of FTP
Installing FTP Client and Server Packages
Using FTP to Transfer a File
Setting up an FTP Server
Controlling Access to Your FTP Server
Administering Your FTP Server
9 Configuring Named (DNS)
DNS and the Internet
How DNS Works
Resource Records
Getting BIND
Configuring a Primary or Secondary Server
Configuring a Caching Server
10 Using Apache Web Server
How Is Apache Set up? Compiling and Installing Apache
Setting up the Web Site
Server Configuration
Starting and Stopping Apache
Configuring inetd
Configuring for CGI Use
Virtual Hosts
11 Linux Connectivity to Windows: Samba
What's in Samba? Configuring Samba
Testing Your Samba Setup
Starting Samba's Processes
Sharing Specific Files or Printers through Samba
Accessing Shares Using smbclient
12 Installation
Installation Considerations
Starting the Linux Installation
Using FDISK to Partition Your Disk
Setting the Mount Point after FDISK
Auto-Detecting and Loading Devices
Initial Networking Setup
Printer Configuration During Setup
Finishing Installation
13 Upgrading Linux and Rebuilding the Kernel
Installing the Linux Source Code
Kernel Patches
Rebuilding the Kernel
Upgrading RedHat Linux with RPM Patches
14 Linux and Windows
TCP/IP Networks
Installing TCP/IP on a Windows Machine
15 Linux on Laptops
Choosing a Portable Computer for Linux
PC Cards
Networking a Laptop
Touchpad Support
Installing and Configuring Linux on a Laptop
16 Linux System Security
Security Breaches
Denial of Service
SATAN and Its Ilk