In Linux Unwired, you'll learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing wireless data services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Linux. You'll learn how to install and configure a variety of wireless technologies to fit different scenarios, including an office or home network and for use on the road. You'll also learn how to get Wi-Fi running on a laptop, how to use Linux to create your own access point, and how to deal with cellular networks, Bluetooth, and Infrared.
Other topics covered in the book include:
Connecting to wireless hotspots
Cellular data plans you can use with Linux
Wireless security, including WPA and 802.1x
Finding and mapping Wi-Fi networks with kismet and gpsd
Connecting Linux to your Palm or Pocket PC
Sending text messages and faxes from Linux through your cellular phone
Linux Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for on-the-go Linux users. Whether you're considering Wi-Fi as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, using Bluetooth to network devices in your home or office,or want to use cellular data plans for access to data nearly everywhere, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Linux, and how to take advantage of them.
Roger Weeks has been living and working with computers since 1982 when he got his first Atari, and discovered a whole new world with the purchase of a 300bps modem.
He has designed, built and supported large and small server installations and networks from LAN to WAN to wireless. He was a part of the NoCat wireless group in Sebastopol, CA for several years and considers that one of the best experiences of his life. In the past several years he has focused on security, from wireless to service providers to storage.
He is currently a Technical Marketing Engineer focused on Product Security at NetApp in Sunnyvale, CA. Roger is a coauthor of Linux Unwired and Wireless Hacks, 2nd Edition.
Edd Dumbill is Managing Editor of XML.com. He is an enthusiastic software developer as well as a writer. Edd is also the chair of the XML Europe 2002 conference, and chaired the O'Reilly XTech 2001 conference on XML.
Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The image on the cover of Linux Unwired is cattle ropers. Ropers were cowboys who snared calves and dragged them to the fire for branding. Branding was the act of applying a red-hot branding iron to a calf's flank to mark the animal. Each ranch had a marking that identified cattle belonging to its herd, and this was thought to discourage theft. Sarah Sherman was the production editor and copyeditor for Linux Unwired. Matt Hutchinson was the proofreader. Colleen Gorman and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Julie Hawks wrote the index.
Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Hanna Dyer and Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from The Book of the American West (Bonanza Books, 1963). Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.
David Futato designed the interior layout. The chapter opening images are from the Dover Pictorial Archive, Marvels of the New West: A Vivid Portrayal of the Stupendous Marvels in the Vast Wonderland West of the Missouri River, by William Thayer (The Henry Bill Publishing Co., 1888), and The Pioneer History of America: A Popular Account of the Heroes and Adventures, by Augustus Lynch Mason, A.M. (The Jones Brothers Publishing Company, 1884). This book was converted by Joe Wizda to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Sarah Sherman.