From the Back Cover
New to Linux? Get started now — this handy how-to guide makes learning Linux easy!
No doubt about it, Linux is cool — and free! You can use it to set up a Web server or rejuvenate an old computer. Or use Linux as your desktop OS along with great applications such as OpenOffice.org. This ready reference gives you everything you need to know about installing, configuring, and using Linux, while the DVD gives you five Linux flavors to sample.
It's a do-it-yourself thing — learn the essentials of installing and using Linux by checking out Books I and II
All about access — connect to the Internet, configure and manage TCP/IP networks, and set up e-mail, newsgroups, and Web surfing
Administrative stuff — manage user accounts, install applications, work with peripherals, and upgrade or customize the Linux kernel
Safety first — secure the network and the host, and perform regular security audits
Serve it up — configure an Apache Web server, set up an FTP server or a Windows® server, and explore Linux programming
Open the book and find:
Help navigating the GNOME® and KDE® desktops
Linux troubleshooting tips
How to set up a LAN
Secrets of using Linux to send instant messages and e-mail
System administration basics
Advice on securing Linux
How to run mail, news, and FTP servers
All about shell scripting
Bonus DVD Includes
ISO image files for five major Linux distributions you can try: Ubuntu Desktop, OpenSUSE, Mint 8, Fedora 12, and Mandriva Linux 2010
Complete instructions for installing and using each distribution
Please see the DVD appendix for complete system requirements.
About the Author
has written more than 30 technology books, among them the popular CompTIA Security+ Study Guide
. He is an instructor at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and is the former director of training for Mercury Technical Solutions.