How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. After a guided tour of filesystems, the boot sequence, system management basics, and networking, author Brian Ward delves into topics such as development tools, custom kernels, and buying hardware. With a mixture of background theory and real-world examples, this book shows both how to administer Linux, and why each particular technique works, so that you will know how to make Linux work for you.
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Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993, when he scraped together enough pennies for a secondhand 386. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Chicago, and currently works in San Francisco as a consultant and instructor. He is author of the "Linux Kernel-HOWTO," "The Book of VMware" and "The Linux Problem Solver."Review:
"If I were to recommend a single user's manual for a Linux desktop, I would pick How Linux Works." -- blogcritics.org, August 2004
"does a great job of taking the reader through the more advanced parts of Linux ... a very informative read" -- SA Computer Magazine, September 2004
"the book covers all the basics, starting with the shell and ending with a great chapter about buying hardware." -- eWeek, June 2004
5 stars, "One of the best basic books on learning Linux, written with the power user in mind." -- OpenSource-Book-Reviews.com http://www.opensource-book-reviews.com/book_reviews/by_publisher/No_Starch_Press/
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