Book Excerpt: A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux

he book A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux walks you through every feature and technique you need to know about Ubuntu Linux, from installing Ubuntu—using the DVD included with the book—to working with GNOME, Samba, exim4, Apache, DNS, NIS, firestarter, and iptables. The author, Mark G. Sobell, provides exceptionally clear explanations that demystify everything from system security to Windows file and printer sharing.

The six-part structure of A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux comprises 27 chapters and 5 appendices that offer a complete guide to using Ubuntu from the command line and GUI; system administration and security guidance; and up-to-the-minute, step-by-step instructions for setting up networks and every major type of Internet server. You also will learn the “hows” and the “whys” of Ubuntu. The author knows every Linux nook and cranny: He’s taught hundreds of thousands of readers and never forgets what it’s like to be new to Linux. Whether you’re a user, an administrator, or a programmer, this book gives you all you need and more.

This multiple-chapter composite sample provides essential information on these key topics: installing Ubuntu; using the Linux graphical user interface (GUI)—which is based on the X Window System—and includes a brief history of GNOME and KDE; using commands and builtins for, and applying concepts of, the Bourne Again Shell to support the usefulness of shell programming; and understanding the core concepts of Linux system administration.

Download this sample chapter in PDF format (1 MB).

Reproduced from the new book, A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux, authored by Mark G. Sobell, by permission of Prentice Hall. ISBN 013236039x. Copyright 2008 Mark G. Sobell. All rights reserved. For more information please visit:

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