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Introduction to Linux

Introduction to Linux

A Hands on Guide

Machtelt Garrels

Xalasys.com


                        
                    

Version 1.23 20060725 Edition

First published December 2002


Table of Contents
Introduction
1. Why this guide?
2. Who should read this book?
3. New versions and availability
4. Revision History
5. Contributions
6. Feedback
7. Copyright information
8. What do you need?
9. Conventions used in this document
10. Organization of this document
1. What is Linux?
1.1. History
1.2. The user interface
1.3. Does Linux have a future?
1.4. Properties of Linux
1.5. Linux Flavors
1.6. Summary
1.7. Exercises
2. Quickstart
2.1. Logging in, activating the user interface and logging out
2.2. Absolute basics
2.3. Getting help
2.4. Summary
2.5. Exercises
3. About files and the file system
3.1. General overview of the Linux file system
3.2. Orientation in the file system
3.3. Manipulating files
3.4. File security
3.5. Summary
3.6. Exercises
4. Processes
4.1. Processes inside out
4.2. Boot process, Init and shutdown
4.3. Managing processes
4.4. Scheduling processes
4.5. Summary
4.6. Exercises
5. I/O redirection
5.1. Simple redirections
5.2. Advanced redirection features
5.3. Filters
5.4. Summary
5.5. Exercises
6. Text editors
6.1. Text editors
6.2. Using the Vim editor
6.3. Linux in the office
6.4. Summary
6.5. Exercises
7. Home sweet /home
7.1. General good housekeeping
7.2. Your text environment
7.3. The graphical environment
7.4. Region specific settings
7.5. Installing new software
7.6. Summary
7.7. Exercises
8. Printers and printing
8.1. Printing files
8.2. The server side
8.3. Print problems
8.4. Summary
8.5. Exercises
9. Fundamental Backup Techniques
9.1. Introduction
9.2. Moving your data to a backup device
9.3. Using rsync
9.4. Summary
9.5. Exercises
10. Networking
10.1. Networking Overview
10.2. Internet/Intranet applications
10.3. Remote execution of applications
10.4. Security
10.5. Summary
10.6. Exercises
11. Sound and Video
11.1. Audio Basics
11.2. Sound and video playing
11.3. Video playing, streams and television watching
11.4. Internet Telephony
11.5. Summary
11.6. Exercises
A. Where to go from here?
A.1. Useful Books
A.2. Useful sites
B. DOS versus Linux commands
C. Shell Features
C.1. Common features
C.2. Differing features
D. GNU Free Documentation License
D.1. PREAMBLE
D.2. APPLICABILITY AND DEFINITIONS
D.3. VERBATIM COPYING
D.4. COPYING IN QUANTITY
D.5. MODIFICATIONS
D.6. COMBINING DOCUMENTS
D.7. COLLECTIONS OF DOCUMENTS
D.8. AGGREGATION WITH INDEPENDENT WORKS
D.9. TRANSLATION
D.10. TERMINATION
D.11. FUTURE REVISIONS OF THIS LICENSE
D.12. ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documents
Glossary