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Beginning Fedora 2

Shishir Gundavaram, Kapil Sharma, Deepak Thomas, Pancrazio De Mauro, Mark Mamone, Simon Whiting, Sandip Bhattacharya
ISBN: 978-0-7645-6996-8
665 pages
July 2004
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About the Authors.


What Is Fedora?

Why Fedora?

What Is Linux?

Who Is Red Hat, Inc?

Why Linux?

Want to Participate?

Who Is This Book For?

What Is Covered in This Book?

What You Need to Use This Book.


Tell Us What You Think.


Chapter 1: Installing Fedora 2.

Preparing for the Installation.

The Installation.

Chapter 2: Fedora 2 Basics.

Finding Your Way Around the Desktop.

The Filesystem.

Managing the Hardware.

Monitoring the System.

Using Load Average to Measure CPU Usage.

Configuring the Desktop.

Managing Processes.

Managing Services.

Managing Users.

Chapter 3: Connecting to the Internet.

Connecting to the Internet.

Connecting Securely.

Managing Multiple ISPs and Connections.

Software and Configuration.

Chapter 4: Everyday Applications.

Office Applications.

Internet Applications.

Personal Information Management.

Multimedia Applications.

System Utilities.

Chapter 5: The Filesystem.

What Is the Filesystem?

File Search Utilities.

Navigating the Filesystem.

Managing Drives and Partitions.

Filesystem Maintenance.

Chapter 6: The Shell.

The Shell as a Command Line Interface.

Built-in Programs and External Programs.

Some Common Shell Commands.

Special Keys and Shortcuts.

Command Line Syntax.

Configuring the Shell.

Managing Tasks.

Shell Scripting.

Chapter 7: Managing Your User Accounts.

The Purpose of Different User Accounts.

The User Manager.

How Linux Stores User Account Information.

Advanced User Account Management.

Advanced Group Management.

Users, Groups, and Filesystem Permissions.

When root Is Not Necessary.

Who Is Logged In?

Chapter 8: Installing and Updating Software.

What Is RPM?

The RPM Command Line Tool.

Building from Source.

Keeping Systems Up-to-Date.

Chapter 9: Building Networks.


Setting Up a Web Server.

Setting Up an FTP Server.

Setting Up a Print Server.

Setting Up a File Server.

Setting Up a Mail Server.

Setting Up a DHCP Server.

Chapter 10: Security.

What Is Computer Security?

Countering the Threats.

Encryption and Verification.

Monitoring Security.

Network Security.

Security Enhanced Linux.

Security Awareness.

Where to Find Out More.

Chapter 11: Advanced System Administration.

System Configuration.


Backing Up and Archiving.

Building from Source.

Chapter 12: Rebuilding the Linux Kernel.

Why Rebuild the Kernel?

Chapter 13: Managing Your System with Perl.

What Is Perl?


Installing Extensions.

Learning Perl.

And Finally . . . .

Chapter 14: Contributing to the Fedora Project.

Communicating with Users and Developers.

Accessing the Source Code.

Chapter 15: Where to Now?

Online Resources and Licensing Schemes.

System Administration Applications.

Development Applications.

Appendix: Answers to Exercises.


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