A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-09
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With complete, up-to-date coverage of Fedora 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, this guide shows professionals how to install and configure Linux from the accompanying DVD containing a full version of Fedora 8, navigate its graphical user interfaces, set up Linux to provide file/print sharing and Internet services, and much more.

Author Biography

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Third Edition; A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming; and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, all from Prentice Hall, and A Practical Guide to the UNIX System from Addison-Wesley.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xxxi
Welcome to Linuxp. 1
The GNU Linux Connectionp. 2
The Linuxp. 2.6
Kernelp. 5
The Heritage of Linux: UNIXp. 5
What Is So Good About Linux?p. 6
Overview of Linuxp. 10
Additional Features of Linuxp. 14
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 16
Chapter Summaryp. 19
Exercisesp. 19
Installing Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linuxp. 21
Installation Overviewp. 23
The Desktop Live Media CD and the Install Media DVDp. 24
Planning the Installationp. 24
The Installation Processp. 36
The Medium: Where Is the Source Data?p. 36
Downloading a CD/DVD (FEDORA)p. 37
Checking and Burning the CD/DVDp. 41
Rescue CDp. 42
Gathering Information About the Systemp. 43
Finding the Installation Manualp. 44
More Informationp. 44
Chapter Summaryp. 45
Exercisesp. 46
Advanced Exercisesp. 46
Step-by-Step Installationp. 47
Running a Fedora Live Sessionp. 48
Installing Fedora/RHEL Linuxp. 50
Installation Tasksp. 63
The X Window Systemp. 80
Chapter Summaryp. 88
Exercisesp. 89
Advanced Exercisesp. 89
Getting Started with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linuxp. 91
Introduction to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linuxp. 93
Curbing Your Power: Superuser/root Accessp. 94
A Tour of the Fedora/RHEL Desktopp. 94
Getting the Facts: Where to Find Documentationp. 114
More About Logging Inp. 123
Controlling Windows: Advanced Operationsp. 131
Chapter Summaryp. 134
Exercisesp. 135
Advanced Exercisesp. 136
The Linux Utilitiesp. 137
Special Charactersp. 138
Basic Utilitiesp. 139
Working with Filesp. 141
(Pipe): Communicates Between Processesp. 148
Four More Utilitiesp. 149
Compressing and Archiving Filesp. 151
Locating Commandsp. 156
Obtaining User and System Informationp. 158
Communicating with Other Usersp. 162
Emailp. 164
Tutorial: Creating and Editing a File with vimp. 164
Chapter Summaryp. 171
Exercisesp. 174
Advanced Exercisesp. 175
The Linux Filesystemp. 177
The Hierarchical Filesystemp. 178
Directory Files and Ordinary Filesp. 178
Pathnamesp. 183
Directory Commandsp. 185
Working with Directoriesp. 190
Access Permissionsp. 192
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The BookWhether you are an end user, a system administrator, or a little of each, this book explains with step-by-step examples how to get the most out of a Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system. In 28 chapters, this book takes you from installing a Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux system through understanding its inner workings to setting up secure servers that run on the system. The AudienceThis book is designed for a wide range of readers. It does not require you to have programming experience, but having some experience using a general-purpose computer is helpful. This book is appropriate for Studentswho are taking a class in which they use Linux Home userswho want to set up and/or run Linux Professionalswho use Linux at work System administratorswho need an understanding of Linux and the tools that are available to them Computer science studentswho are studying the Linux operating system Programmerswho need to understand the Linux programming environment Technical executiveswho want to get a grounding in Linux BenefitsA Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux , College Edition,gives you a broad understanding of many facets of Linux, from installing Fedora/RHEL through using and customizing it. No matter what your background, this book gives you the knowledge you need to get on with your work. You will come away from this book understanding how to use Linux, and this book will remain a valuable reference for years to come. OverlapIf you readA Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming,you will notice some overlap between that book and the one you are reading now. The first chapter, and the chapters on the utilities, the filesystem, programming tools, and the appendix on regular expressions are very similar in the two books, as are the three chapters on the Bourne Again Shell ( bash ). Chapters that appear in this book but not inA Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programminginclude Chapters 2 and 3 (installation), Chapters 4 and 8 (Fedora/RHEL and the GUI), Chapter 10 (networking), all of the chapters in Part IV (system administration) and Part V (servers), and Appendix C (security). This Book Includes Fedora 8 on a DVDA Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux , College Edition,includes a DVD that you can use to install or upgrade to Fedora 8. Chapter 2 helps you get ready to install Fedora. Chapter 3 provides step-by-step instructions for installing Fedora from this DVD. This book guides you through learning about, using, and administrating Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. What Is New in This Edition?The college edition ofA Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux covers Fedora 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5. There is a new section on LDAP in Chapter 21. Chapters 2 and 3 cover booting into a live session and installing from live media. All the changes, large and small, that have been made to Fedora/RHEL since the previous edition of this book have been incorporated into the explanations and examples. Features of This BookThis book is designed and organized so you can get the most out of it in the shortest amount of time. You do not have to read this book straight through in page order. Once you are comfortable using Linux, you can use this book as a

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