A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-18
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Praise forA Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linuxreg; "I am so impressed by how Mark Sobell can approach a complex topic in such an understandable manner. His command examples are especially useful in providing a novice (or even advanced) administrator with a cookbook on how to accomplish real-world tasks on Linux. He is truly an inspired technical writer!" George Vish II, Senior Education Consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company "Overall, I think itrs"s a great, comprehensive Ubuntu book thatrs"ll be a valuable resource for people of all technical levels." John Dong, Ubuntu Forum Council Member, Backports Team Leader "The JumpStart sections really offer a quick way to get things up and running, allowing you to dig into the details of his books later." Scott Mann, Aztek Networks "Ubuntu is gaining popularity at the rate alcohol did during prohibition, and itrs"s great to see a well-known author write a book on the latest and greatest version. Not only does it contain Ubuntu-specific information, but it also touches on general computer-related topics, which will help the average computer user to better understand whatrs"s going on in the background. Great work, Mark!" Daniel R. Arfsten, Pro/ENGINEER Drafter/Designer "I read a lot of Linux technical information every day, but Irs"m rarely impressed by tech books. I usually prefer online information sources instead. Mark Sobellrs"s books are a notable exception. Theyrs"re clearly written, technically accurate, comprehensive-and actually enjoyable to read." Matthew Miller, Senior Systems Analyst/Administrator, BU Linux Project, Boston University Office, of Information Technology "I would so love to be able to use this book to teach a class about not just Ubuntu or Linux but about computers in general. It is thorough and well written with good illustrations that explain important concepts for computer usage." Nathan Eckenrode, New York Local Community Team Praise for Other Books by Mark Sobell "I currently own one of your books,A Practical Guide to Linux reg; . I believe this book is one of the most comprehensive and, as the title says, practical guides to Linux I have ever read. I consider myself a novice and I come back to this book over and over again." Albert J. Nguyen "Thank you for writing a book to help me get away from Windows XP and to never touch Windows Vista. The book is great; I am learning a lot of new concepts and commands. Linux is definitely getting easier to use." James Moritz "I have been wanting to make the jump to Linux but did not have the guts to do so-until I saw your familiarly titledA Practical Guide to Red Hat reg; Linux reg; at the bookstore. I picked up a copy and am eagerly looking forward to regaining my freedom." Carmine Stoffo, Machine and Process Designer to pharmaceutical industry

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 UNIX® for Mac OS® X Users (coauthored with Peter Seebach), all from Prentice Hall, and A Practical Guide to the UNIX System from Addison-Wesley.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xxxvi
Welcome to Linuxp. 1
The GNU Linux Connectionp. 2
The Linux 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. 15
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 17
p. 20
Exercisesp. 20
Installing Ubuntu Linuxp. 21
Installation Overviewp. 23
The Live Install Desktop CD DVDp. 24
More Informationp. 24
Planning the Installationp. 25
The Installation Processp. 36
Downloading and Burning a CD DVDp. 37
Gathering Information About the Systemp. 41
p. 42
Exercisesp. 43
Advanced Exercisesp. 43
Step-by-Step Installationp. 45
Basic Installation from the Live Install Desktop CD DVDp. 46
Graphical Partitionersp. 53
Upgrading to a New Releasep. 59
Installing KDEp. 60
Setting Up a Dual-Boot Systemp. 61
Advanced Installationp. 62
The X Window Systemp. 74
p. 83
Exercisesp. 83
Advanced Exercisesp. 84
Getting Started with Ubuntu Linuxp. 85
Introduction to Ubuntu Linuxp. 87
Curbing Your Power: root Privileges sudop. 88
A Tour of the Ubuntu Linux Desktopp. 89
Getting the Most out of the Desktopp. 105
Updating, Installing, and Removing Software Packagesp. 119
Where to Find Documentationp. 124
More About Logging Inp. 132
Working from the Command Linep. 136
Controlling Windows: Advanced Operationsp. 139
p. 142
Exercisesp. 143
Advanced Exercisesp. 144
The Linux Utilitiesp. 145
Special Charactersp. 146
Basic Utilitiesp. 147
Working with Filesp. 149
(Pipe): Communicates Between Processesp. 156
Four More Utilitiesp. 157
Compressing and Archiving Filesp. 159
Locating Commandsp. 164
Obtaining User and System Informationp. 166
Communicating with Other Usersp. 170
Emailp. 171
Tutorial: Creating and Editing a File with vimp. 172
p. 179
Exercisesp. 181
Advanced Exercisesp. 182
The Linux Filesystemp. 183
The Hierarchical Filesystemp. 184
Directory Files and Ordinary Filesp. 184
Pathnamesp. 189
Directory Commandsp. 191
Working with Directoriesp. 196
Access Permissionsp. 199
ACLs: Access Control Listsp. 203
Linksp. 209
p. 214
Exercisesp. 216
Advanced Exercisesp. 218
The Shellp. 219
The Command Linep. 220
Standard Input and Standard Outputp. 226
Running a Program in the Backgroundp. 237
Filename Generation Pathname Expansionp. 239
Builtinsp. 243
p. 244
Exercisesp. 245
Advanced Exercisesp. 247
Digging into Ubuntu Linuxp. 249
Linux GUIs: X and GNOMEp. 251
X Window Systemp. 252
The Nautilus File Browser Windowp. 260
GNOME Utilitiesp. 266
p. 271
Exercisesp. 272
Advanced Exercisesp. 272
The Bourne Again Shellp. 275
Backgroundp. 276
Shell Basicsp. 277
Parameters and Variablesp. 295
Special Charactersp. 309
Processesp. 310
Historyp. 312
Aliasesp. 328
Functionsp. 331
Controlling bash Features and Optionsp. 334
Processing the Command Linep. 338
p. 347
Exercisesp. 349
Advanced Exercisesp. 351
Networking and the Internetp. 353
Types of Networks and How They Workp. 355
Communicate Over a Networkp. 370
Network Utilitiesp. 372
Distributed Computingp. 379
Usenetp. 388
WWW: World Wide Webp. 390
p. 392
Exercisesp. 393
Advanced Exercisesp. 394
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The Book Whether you are an end user, a system administrator, or a little of both, this book explains with step-by-step examples how to get the most out of an Ubuntu Linux system. In 27 chapters, this book takes you from installing an Ubuntu system through understanding its inner workings to setting up secure servers that run on the system. The Audience This book is designed for a wide range of readers. It does not require you to have programming experience, although having some experience using a general-purpose computer, such as a Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, or another Linux system is certainly 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 Technical executiveswho want to get a grounding in Linux Benefits A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux gives you a broad understanding of many facets of Linux, from installing Ubuntu Linux through using and customizing it. No matter what your background, this book provides 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. Overlap If 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, the chapters on the utilities and the filesystem, 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 do not appear inA Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programminginclude Chapters 2 and 3 (installation), Chapters 4 and 8 (Ubuntu Linux and the GUI), Chapter 10 (networking), all of the chapters in Part IV (system administration) and Part V (servers), and Appendix C (security). Differences While this book explains how to use Linux from a graphical interface and from the command line (a textual interface),A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programmingworks exclusively with the command line. It includes full chapters on the vi and emacs editors, as well as chapters on the gawk pattern processing language and the sed stream editor. In addition, it has a command reference section that provides extensive examples of the use of more than 80 of the most important Linux utilities. You can use these utilities to solve problems without resorting to programming in C. This Book Includes Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) on a Live/Install DVD This book,A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux ,includes a live/install DVD that holds the Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) release of Ubuntu Linux. You can use this DVD to run a live Ubuntu session that displays the GNOME desktop without making any changes to your computer: Boot from the DVD, run an Ubuntu live session, and log off. Your system remains untouched: When you reboot, it is exactly as it was before you ran the Ubuntu live session. Alternatively, you can install Ubuntu from the live session. Chapter 2 helps you get ready to install Ubuntu. Chapter 3 provides step-by-step instructions for installing Ubuntu from this DVD. This book guides you through learning about, using, and administrating an Ubuntu Linux session. DVD features The included DVD incorporates all the features of the live/install Desktop CD as w

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