The GNU/Linux® success story is well known. Firmly established as a high-performance operating system, its worldwide installations are increasing at phenomenal rates. Much of this success has been on the server side, but more and more PC users are turning to Linux on the desktop, as well.For those grounded in Microsoft Windows® or Apple Macintosh® graphical interfaces, the first look at a powerful Unix-style operating system can be daunting. This book provides a clear, no-nonsense introduction to the popular Red Hat® distribution of Linux. It takes you through installation and shows you the key parts of the system, always with an eye toward what can go wrong and what you need to know to get over the humps.Linux is known as a secure environment and a good platform to run a web server. These topics are among the many covered in this book. But did you know you can also burn CDs, sync a PalmPilot™, and edit slideshow presentations with powerful tools on Linux? Those topics are covered here, too.Red Hat currently provides two distributions, both documented in this book. The first is their commercial, subscription-based product, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux and also available through retail channels as Red Hat Professional Workstation. The second is the freely distributed Fedora distribution. The Publisher's Edition of Fedora is included in this book on two disks.New in this edition are installation instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, package updating for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, information on the GRUB bootloader, and the CUPS printer system.Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora tells you how to:
Prepare your system for installing Linux
Install and configure Linux and the two popular desktop environments, GNOME and KDE.
Run the most popular productivity tools on Linux: mailers, web browsers, OpenOffice, and Evolution.
Obtain and set up software through the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM)
Set up a Linux system for networking, either on your local area network (LAN), or via a dialup connection to the Internet.
Use the system-administration tools included with Red Hat, GNOME, and KDE, including such valuable utilities as Samba file-sharing and the Apache web server.
Understand and write shell scripts so you can peek under the hood and extend the power of Linux.
Chapter 1 Why Run Linux?
Why Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora?
What Is Linux?
Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux
Chapter 2 Preparing to Install Linux
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Collecting Information About Your System
Preparing Your Hard Disk
Chapter 3 Installing Linux
Installing the Operating System and Applications
Start the Installation
The Firstboot Service
Logging into the Desktop
Chapter 4 How Linux Works
How Linux Organizes Data
Chapter 5 Using the GNOME and KDE Desktops
Using the GNOME Desktop
Using the KDE Desktop
Chapter 6 Using Linux Applications
Chapter 7 Conquering the bash Shell
Issuing Shell Commands
Working with the Linux Command Prompt
Useful Linux Programs
Chapter 8 Installing Software Using the RPM Package Manager
The Package Management Tool
The redhat-install-packages Command
The rpm Command
Querying the RPM Database
Installing a Package
Uninstalling a Package
Updating a Package
Freshening a Package
Advanced RPM Techniques
Keeping Your Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Up to Date
Keeping Your Fedora Core System Up to Date
Chapter 9 Configuring and Administering Linux
Configuring Your System by Using the System Settings Menu
Administering Your System by Using the System Tools Menu
Controlling Services by Using the Server Settings Menu
Chapter 10 Connecting to the Internet
Configuring an Internet Connection
The Mozilla Web Browser
gFTP FTP Client
Configuring Linux to Use a Cable or DSL Modem
Chapter 11 Setting Up Network Services
The Secure Shell
Implementing a Basic Firewall
Checking Your Security by Using Nmap
Network Security Tips
Chapter 12 Advanced Shell Usage and Shell Scripts
The Power of the Unix Shell
Using Virtual Consoles
X and the Shell
Understanding Shell Scripts
Appendix Linux Directory Tree
Appendix Principal Linux Files
Appendix Managing the Boot Process
The GRUB Loader
Appendix Linux Command Quick Reference
Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux & Fedora, 4th Edition
Bill McCarty is associate professor of management information systems in the School of Business and Management of Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, and was previously associate professor of computer science, in which capacity he taught for ten years in Azusa Pacific's Master of Applied Computer Science program. Bill holds a Ph.D. in the management of information systems from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, and worked for 15 years as a software developer and manager.
Comments about oreilly Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux & Fedora, 4th Edition:
i dont understand who is the intended audience for this book.
it touches on all the necessary topics but if you are not doing an absolutely plain vanilla installation on a very new computer, you will not find the info you are looking for. (example network admin tool, what is the real name of this tool so i can run it from the command line?).
and if you are doing an absolutely plain vanilla installation on a very new computer you wont need to use this book, so why read it?
i personally am very disappointed this book is in the fine tradition of showing pretty pictures and providing no actual depth of information.