Further Information: (Top of Page)
Once a little-known productivity boost for personal computers, Linux
is now becoming a central part of computing environments everywhere.
This operating system now serves as corporate hubs, Web servers,
academic research platforms, and program development systems. All
along it's also managed to keep its original role as an enjoyable
environment for personal computing, learning system administration
and programming skills, and all-around hacking.
This book, now in its third edition, has been widely recognized for
years in the Linux community as the getting-started book people
need. It goes into depth about configuration issues that often trip
up users but are glossed over by other books.
A complete, UNIX-compatible operating system developed by volunteers
on the Internet, Linux is distributed freely in electronic form and
at a low cost from many vendors. Developed first on the PC, it has
been ported to many other architectures and can now support such
heavy-duty features as multiprocessing, RAID, and clustering.
Software packages on Linux include the Samba file server and Apache
Web server; the X Window System (X11R6); TCP/IP networking (including
PPP, SSH, and NFS support); popular software tools such as Emacs and
TeX; a complete software development environment including C, C++,
Java, Perl, Tcl/Tk, and Python; libraries, debuggers, multimedia
support, scientific and database applications, and much more.
Commercial applications that run on Linux range from end-user tools
like word processors and spreadsheets to mission-critical software
like the Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and IBM DB/2 database management
Running Linux explains everything you need to understand,
install, and start using the Linux operating system. This includes a
comprehensive installation tutorial, complete information on system
maintenance, tools for document development and programming, and
guidelines for network, file, printer, and Web site administration.
New topics in the third edition include:
- KDE, a desktop that brings the friendliness and ease-of-use of
Windows or the Macintosh to Linux
- Samba, which turns Linux into an office hub that serves files and
printers to Microsoft systems
- PPP, the most popular software for logging into remote systems
over phone lines
- Revised instructions for installation and configuration,
particularly covering the Red Hat, SuSE and Debian distributions
About the Authors: (Top of Page)
Matt Welsh is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley
settling in sunny California after spending time wandering around Europe
and braving the harsh winters of upstate New York. He has been a long-time
Linux advocate and developer, a role which saw him fielding questions from
thousands of Linux users over the years. Matt was the original coordinator
of the Linux Documentation Project and author of the seminal Linux
Installation and Getting Started Guide. More recently, he has been
promoting the use of Linux for supercomputing applications through the
Extreme Linux working group. At Berkeley, his research involves the
intersection of next-generation Internet systems and high-performance
computing. His varied and sundry interests include world travel, Zen
Buddhism, experimental music, and backpacking.
Matthias Kalle Dalheimer works as an independent author, translator
and software consultant in Northern Germany, where he lives in a tiny
village with his wife and son. After studying computer science and
general linguistics, he first worked for Star Division, where he was
responsible for porting the office suite Star Office to Linux. In spring
1997, he quit his job and became a happy freelancer. Kalle mainly uses
Linux for his development work and uses XEmacs 20.4 for most of his
programming and writing tasks. In his spare time, he plays with his son,
hikes in the surrounding forests, reads books about history, and helps
develop the K Desktop Environment, a free desktop for Unix systems. He
has written Programming with Qt for O'Reilly & Associates, and has
written and translated a number of O'Reilly books in German.
Lar Kaufman is a law student at Boston University, living in
Concord, Massachusetts. He has worked as a documentation consultant
for many years, and began writing about UNIX in 1983. Since then,
he has written on System V, BSD, Mach, OSF/1, and Linux. His hobbies
include interactive media as art/literature, homebuilt and antique
aircraft (he's a licensed aircraft mechanic), and natural history.
Formerly a BBS operator, in 1987 Lar founded the Fidonet echoes
(newsgroups) Biosphere and BioNews. He is currently working on a
project to develop a media lab incorporating adaptive technology for
print-disabled use through the law library where he studies. The lab
will use a Linux server and provide user services on Windows NT,
Macintosh, and Linux systems.