Linux Utilities Cookbook

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Learn
  • Configure the network and using the Internet on your Linux Desktop
  • Learn about permissions, access, and security
  • Understand processes under Linux
  • Work with disks and partitions
  • Write shell scripts
  • Automate tasks with crontab
  • Learn how to build a custom kernel
About

Linux is a stable, reliable and extremely powerful operating system. It has been around for many years, however, most people still don't know what it can do and the ways it is superior to other operating systems. Many people want to get started with Linux for greater control and security, but getting started can be time consuming and complicated.

A practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step examples to help you solve many of the questions that crop up when using an operating system you may not be familiar with.

Presenting solutions to the most common Linux problems in a clear and concise way, this helpful guide starts with spicing up the terminal sessions by command retrieval and line editing, and shell prompt variables. We will then get to know the different desktops (GUIs) available for Linux systems and which is the best fit for you. We will then explore the world of managing files and directories, connectivity, and what to do when it goes wrong. We will also learn a range of skills, from creating and managing user accounts to securing your system, managing and limiting processes, and letting information flow from one process to another using pipes. Later, we will master disk management, working with scripts and automating tasks quickly, and finally, understand the need for a custom kernel and tips on how to build one.


Based on the author's extensive experience, there is a section on best practices that every Linux user should be familiar with.

Features
  • Use the command line like a pro
  • Pick a suitable desktop environment
  • Learn to use files and directories efficiently
Page Count 224
Course Length 6 hours 43 minutes
ISBN 9781782163008
Date Of Publication 24 Oct 2013

Authors

James Kent Lewis

James Kent Lewis has been in the computer industry for over 35 years. He started out writing BASIC programs in high school and used punch cards in college for his Pascal, Fortran, COBOL, and assembly language classes. He himself learned the C programming language by writing various utilities, including a fully-functional text editor, which he uses everyday. He started out using DOS and AIX, and then OS/2. Linux is now his operating system of choice. Jim has worked in the past for several companies, including IBM, Texas Instruments, Tandem, Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, and others. Most of these positions dealt with low-level device drivers and operating system internals. In his spare time he likes to create video games in Java.He has written articles for IBM Developer Works and has one patent.