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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32282-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32282-2

With the advent of the new 2.4-series kernels, a new XFree86 architecture and distribution, and advances soon slated to hit the KDE and GNOME markets, the time is ripe to craft the definitive and classic intermediate to advanced work covering Red Hat Linux. Red Hat Linux 7.2 Unleashed does not incorporate any previous material. All chapters concentrate on Red Hat Linux software and tools, and more specifically those software packages included with Red Hat Linux. There is new topic coverage in areas such as:

  • The architecture of the new Linux kernel;
  • Use of the new version 4.0 of the rpm command;
  • USB;
  • KDE 2.1/2.2;
  • GNOME 1.4;
  • Ximian GNOME;
  • Broadband access issues, routing, gateways, firewalling (SOHO networking);
  • Support for new filesystems;
  • The new XFree86 architecture and features;
  • Disk tuning;
  • New printing services (Red Hat now uses LPRng) ;
  • Security.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Reference section.)


1. Introducing Red Hat Linux.

What Is Red Hat Linux? The Advantages of Using Red Hat Linux . What's New with Red Hat Linux? Red Hat Linux in the Enterprise. Red Hat Linux for Small Business. Red Hat and Linux Documentation.

2. Preparing to Install Red Hat Linux.

Hardware Requirements. Using an Installation Checklist. Choosing an Installation Class. Hardware Specifics. Overview of the Install Process. Partitioning Before and During Installation. Using Red Hat's kickstart Installation Method.

3. Installing Red Hat Linux.

Planning Partition Strategies. Choosing a Boot Loader. Choosing How to Install Red Hat Linux. Step-by-Step Installation. Login and Shutdown.

4. Post-Installation Configuration.

Pointer and Keyboard Configuration. Adding or Changing Display Graphics. Sound Configuration Issues. Detecting and Configuring a Modem. Power-Management Issues. Managing PCMCIA.

5. First Steps with Linux.

Understanding Linux. How Red Hat Linux Is Organized. Using the Console. Navigation and Searching. File Management. Introduction to Text Editors. Working as root. Permissions. Reading Documentation.

6. The X Window System.

Basic X Concepts. Overview of XFree86. Configuring X. Starting X. Configuring xdm. Using startx. X Window Managers. The FVWM2 Window Manager.


7. Managing Services.

How Red Hat Linux Boots. Red Hat Linux Runlevels. Controlling Boot. Services. Starting and Stopping Services. Changing Runlevels.

8. Managing Software and System Resources.

Using RPM. Command-Line and Graphical RPM Clients. System Monitoring Tools. Console-Based Monitoring. Graphical Process and System Management Tools. Using Quotas.

9. Managing Users.

Users Defined. Running as Root on a Regular Basis. About Group IDs. Security and Passwords. The Source of the Users' Home Files. Adding New Users from the Command Line. The User Login Process. GUI Administration Tools. Disk Quotas. Communicating with Users. Extreme Control Via Restricted Shells.

10. Managing the Filesystems.

History of the Native Linux Filesystems, The Disk Defined, How to Access and Manipulate the Partition Table, The Files, Naming Conventions Used for Block and Character Devices, Using mknod to Create Devices, What Are Character Devices, Block Devices, and Special Devices? What Filesystems Are Available on Your Red Hat 7.2 System? What Kinds of Filesystems Are Available to Linux? Alternative Filesystems for Linux. Converting an Existing ext2 Filesystem to ext3. DOS Filesystems. CD-ROM Filesystems. Creating Filesystems. Mounting Filesystems. Mounting Automatically with fstab. Configuring RAID. Moving a Filesystem. Something New-LVM. GUI Tools To Mount Filesystems. Examples. Disk Tuning. Filesystem Tuning.

11. Backing Up, Restoring, and Recovery.

Why Do We Need Backups at All? What Scheme Is Best for You? What Hardware and Media Are at Our Disposal? The Tried and True Backup Medium. Making the Big Decision. Using Backup Software. Copying Files. System Recovery. Booting the System from the Rescue CD. Booting the System from a Generic Boot Floppy. Using the Recovery Facility from the Installation Disk.


12. Printing Services.

Overview of Red Hat Linux Printing. Creating Network Printers. Session Message Block Printing. Printing Tools.

13. Network Connectivity.

TCP/IP. Networking. Network Devices. Configuration Tools. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Network File System. Samba. Wireless Networking. Security.

14. Managing DNS.

DNS Concepts. BIND. Troubleshooting. Security.

15. Internet Connectivity.

Configuring the localhost Interface. Configuring Red Hat Linux to Use PPP. Setting Up a DSL PPPOE Connection. Setting Up a Dial-In PPP Server.

16. Apache Web Server Management.

Server Installation. Runtime Server Configuration Settings. Authentication and Access Control. Apache Modules. Virtual Hosting. Logging. Dynamic Content. Starting and Stopping the Server. Graphic Interface Configuration. Other Web Servers.

17. Database Services.

Types of Databases. Overview of DBA Responsibilities. An Introduction to Relational Database Theory. An Introduction to SQL. Choosing a Database. MySQL Versus PostgreSQL. Installing and Configuring MySQL. Installing and Configuring PostgreSQL. Database Clients. Command Line Clients. Graphical Clients.

18. File Transfer Protocol.

FTP Servers. Installing the Software. The FTP User. Cleaning Up the Installation. Xinetd Configuration. Configuring the Server. Access Control Information. Logging. Permission Control. Miscellaneous. Server Administration. Using FTP. A Typical FTP Session. Graphical FTP Clients.

19. Handling Electronic Mail.

An Introduction to E-mail. Choosing an MTA. Basic Sendmail Configuration and Operation. Mail Relaying. Aliases. Sendmail Access Control. Retrieving Mail from Remote Mail Servers. Console Mail Clients. Graphical E-mail Clients. E-mail Forwarding. uuencode and uudecode.

20. News Server Management.

Overview of Network News. The INN News Server. News Readers.


21. Introduction to C/C++ Programming Tools.

Background on the C Language. Elements of the C++ Language. Project Management Tools. GNU C Compiler Command-Line Switches. New Features of the GNU egcs Compiler System. Additional Resources.

22. Shell Scripting.

Creating and Executing a Shell Program. Variables. Positional Parameters. Built-In Variables. Special Characters. Comparison of Expressions. Iteration Statements. Conditional Statements. Miscellaneous Statements. Functions.

23. Using Perl.

A Simple Perl Program. Perl Variables and Data Structures. Operators. Conditional Statements: if/else and unless. Looping. Regular Expressions. Access to the Shell. Switches. Modules and CPAN. Code Examples. Perl-Related Tools.

24. Kernel and Module Management.

The Linux Kernel. When to Recompile. The Linux Source Tree. Types of Kernels. Kernel Versions. Getting the Kernel. Patching the Kernel. Compiling the Kernel. Different Configuration Interfaces. Making Dependencies. Final Steps. Building and Installing Modules. Configuring Grub. Configuring LILO. When Something Goes Wrong.

25. Productivity Applications.

Installing and Launching StarOffice. OpenOffice. KDE's KOffice Office Suite. GNOME Office Suite Clients. PDA Connectivity. Graphics Productivity Programs.

25. Emulators and Other Operating Systems.

Using the DOSEMU Emulator and FreeDOS Utilities. Configuring, Installing, and Using VMware. Windows Program Execution Using Wine. MacOS Emulation Using Basilisk II. MacOS Emulation Using Executor. Remote Computer Operating Using Xvnc.


Appendix A. Internet Resources.

Web Sites and Search Engines. Web Site Resources Usenet Newsgroups. Mailing Lists Internet Relay Chat

Appendix B. RPM Package Listings.

Querying the RPM Database.

Appendix C. Common Commands Quick Reference.



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