Running Linux
By Lar Kaufman, Matt Welsh
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 1995
Pages: 600

Linux is the most exciting development today in the UNIX world -- and some would say in the world of the PC-compatible. A complete, UNIX-compatible operating system developed by volunteers on the Internet, Linux is distributed freely in electronic form and for low cost from many vendors. Its software packages include the X Window System (X11R6); TCP/IP networking (including SLIP, PPP, and NFS support); popular software tools such as Emacs and TeX; a complete software development environment including C, C++, Perl, Tcl/Tk, and more; libraries, debuggers, multimedia support, scientific and database applications, and much more.
Running Linux covers topics not discussed in any Linux documentation, including everything you need to understand, install, and use the Linux operating system. Topics include:

  • The background and concepts of the Linux system.
  • A comprehensive installation tutorial that will lead you through the steps of configuring Linux on your machine from any distribution.
  • A chapter on UNIX basics, designed especially for Linux users.
  • Complete information on Linux system administration and maintenance, from managing user accounts, to repairing filesystems, to upgrading software, to building a new kernel.
  • Full installation and configuration information for XFree86 3.1 (Version 11, release 6 of the X Window System).
  • Power tools available for the system, including the X Window System, the Emacs and vi editors, text formatting systems such as TeX, and tools for interfacing with MS-DOS.
  • The programming languages and tools available for Linux, giving you a complete software development environment: the gcc C and C++ compiler, the gdb debugger, and other languages such as Perl and Tcl/Tk.
  • Network configuration and administration under Linux, including TCP/IP, SLIP, UUCP, electronic mail, and serial telecommunications.
  • Information on providing network services from your Linux machine, including configuration of a World Wide Web server.

In short, this book teaches you how to install and maintain your own Linux system. Linux can change the way you see personal computing, with more flexibility and power than any commercial operating system. This book can make you a Linux power user.

Backcover Copy Linux is the most exciting development today in the UNIX world -- and some would say in the world of the PC-compatible. Its software packages include the X Window System (X11R6), networking, a complete software development environment, multimedia support, scientific and database applications, and much more. This book is published in conjunction with the Running Linux Companion CD-ROM, which contains the full Red Hat Linux distribution. The CD-ROM is sold separately for easy upgrading.

Running Linux covers everything you need in order to understand, install, and use the Linux operating system. This includes:

  • A comprehensive installation tutorial that will lead you through the steps of configuring Linux on your machine from any distribution.
  • Linux system administration and maintenance.
  • Power tools available for the system, including the X Window System and tools for interfacing with MS-DOS.
  • Network configuration and administration under Linux, including TCP/IP, SLIP, UUCP, electronic mail, and serial telecommunications.
  • Information on providing network services from your Linux machine, including configuration of a World-Wide Web server.

In short, this book can teach you how to install and maintain your own Linux system. Linux can change the way you see personal computing, with more flexibility and power than any commercial operating system.

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