From the Back Cover
A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 provides everyone--new users to experienced programmers--with the knowledge and skills they need to master Linux. Written by best-selling author Mark Sobell, this book is a clear, thorough, and logically organized tutorial and reference.
Part I is a comprehensive tutorial that introduces the basics of GNU/Linux. It explains how to use the basic utilities, the filesystem, and many features of the shell command interpreter. Illustrations and step-by-step examples demonstrate how each command works. Part II covers more advanced topics, such as graphical user interfaces (GUIs), networking, text editors, programming tools, system administration, the new features of Red Hat Linux version 8, and the three major shells, including shell scripts. Part III is a detailed reference to more than 85 GNU/Linux utilities.
This authoritative guide includes:
- Instructions for users and administrators covering security and RH features, including Red Hat Network (RHN), Red Hat system administration tools, and Red Hat Package Manager (RPM).
- A full chapter on the use and customization of the Red Hat default GNOME 2 desktop manager and the new Metacity window manager
- A full chapter on how to use and customize the KDE 3 desktop environment
- Lucid descriptions of utilities illustrated by many
- practical examples
- Detailed coverage of the Linux programming environment and tools, including the C compiler, make, and source code management
- In-depth discussion of networking and the Internet, including types of networks, secure network utilities, and distributed computing
- An emphasis on security issues throughout, including highlighted warnings and a dedicated appendix
- Extensive information and full-length examples about using shells interactively and as programming tools, with chapters on the Bourne Again Shell (bash), the TC Shell (tcsh), and the Z Shell (zsh)
- Appendixes covering regular expressions, online resources, security, and POSIX standards
- A comprehensive glossary of more than five hundred words and phrases
Helpful features such as tips, cautions, and security alerts supplement the lessons of the text. The companion Web site (http://www.sobell.com) provides useful links, downloadable examples and illustrations, answers to selected review exercises, additional exercises and programs, and updates to the book.
The accompanying CD-ROMs contain Red Hat Linux version 8.0.
About the Author
Mark G. Sobell is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He is the author of many best-selling UNIX and Linux books and has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux.
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