How Linux Works

How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. Some books try to give you copy-and-paste instructions for how to deal with every single system issue that may arise, but How Linux Works actually shows you how the Linux system functions so that you can come up with your own solutions. After a guided tour of filesystems, the boot sequence, system management basics, and networking, author Brian Ward delves into open-ended topics such as development tools, custom kernels, and buying hardware, all from an administrator’s point of view. With a mixture of background theory and real-world examples, this book shows both “how” to administer Linux, and “why” each particular technique works, so that you will know how to make Linux work for you.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Basic Unix
Chapter 2. Devices, Disks, Filesystems, and the Kernel
Chapter 3. How Linux Boots
Chapter 4. Essential System Files, Servers, and Utilities
Chapter 5. Configuring Your Network
Chapter 6. Network Services
Chapter 7. Introduction to Shell Scripts
Chapter 8. Development Tools
Chapter 9. Compiling Software from Source Code
Chapter 10. Maintaining the Kernel
Chapter 11. Configuring and Manipulating Peripheral Devices
Chapter 12. Printing
Chapter 13. Backups
Chapter 14. Sharing Files With Samba
Chapter 15. Network File Transfer
Chapter 16. Buying Hardware for Linux
Chapter 17. User Environments

Book Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781593270353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270353
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