The Ultimate Linux Handbook

The Ultimate Linux Handbook 2016

Take your knowledge further and become a certified pro with this comprehensive guide to essential Linux skills.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
kr 69,59

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Linux (or, if we’re being correct, ‘GNU/Linux’, which is a mouthful and not something we’re going to type every time –there’s an extensive Wikipedia article on the naming convention and the squabbles it’s caused that comes recommended if you’re struggling to sleep) forms the foundation of countless brilliant free desktop operating systems. Since it was first developed in 1991 (built on top of code from the GNU project which began in 1984 – again, we’re not getting into that argument) it’s grown into a clone of UNIX so mature that it’s pushed its inspiration into the shade. Linux does a lot more than you might think to prop up servers and systems the world over despite an environment that can seem, for newcomers, quite intimidating. If you’ve dabbled in Linux before,…

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the ultimate handbook manifesto

Ultimate Handbooks are designed to give you a complete guide to a device or piece of software you own. We aim to help you get more from the products you love and we guarantee you’ll get the following from each book… ● A reference guide you can keep on your desk or next to your computer and consult time and time again when you need to know how to do something or solve a problem ● New skills you can take with you through your life and apply at home or even in the workplace ● Expert advice to help you do more with your hardware and software – from solving new problems to discovering new things to try out, we’ll show you the best ways to do everything ● Clear recommendations for other…

11 min
ubuntu: quick install guide

Quick tip We didn’t include times to download anything, as that’s so variable and unnecessary. We also excluded any POST delays, but we also excluded the many times we popped out to make a nice cup of tea. Otherwise times include writing to any discs and the entire boot-up process. Honestly, modern Linux is easier, faster and less hassle to install than any recent release of Windows. That’s the truth. No messing with keys, no worrying about activation and no digging out that lost install disc or USB drive. The beauty of Linux is that because it’s free software anyone can download and start using it. You don’t even have to install anything! Linux technology and its free and easy licence means that it can be run straight off a CD or…

7 min
the terminal: getting started

It won’t be long after starting to use Linux that you ask a question and the answer begins with, “Open a terminal and...” At this point, you may be thrown into an alien environment with typed commands instead of cheery-looking icons. But the terminal is not alien, it’s just different. You are used to a GUI now, but you had to learn that, and the same applies to the command line. This raises an obvious question: “I already know how to use a windowed desktop, why must I learn something different?” You don’t have to use the command line, almost anything you need can be done in the GUI, but the terminal has some advantages. It is consistent The commands are generally the same on each distribution while desktops vary. What…

6 min
terminal: apt-get in action

One of the biggest changes that catches Windows users moving to Linux is the way that software is installed. Instead of downloading an executable file from some website or other, running it and hoping it doesn’t clobber your existing library files (DLLs) or install some dubious adware or malware, Linux distributions maintain repositories of software, which are all packaged up for that distro and tested for compatibility with the rest of the distro. In this tutorial, we will look at how this is done by distros that use the Advanced Packaging Tool (apt) software management system, as developed by Debian and used by distros from Ubuntu to Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi. Repositories A repository is a collection of software packages for a distro. Each major release of a distro will have its…

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terminal: core programs

We’ve looked at various shell commands in the last few tutorials, but they have each been in the context of performing a particular task. It’s time to take an overview of some of the general-purpose commands. There are thousands of terminal commands, from the commonplace to the arcane, but you need only a handful of key commands to get started. Here we will look at some of the core workhorse commands, giving a brief description of what each one is for. As always, the man pages give far more detail on how to use them. Many of these produce more output than can fit in your terminal display, so consider piping them through less. Central to any terminal activity is working with files, creating, removing, listing and otherwise examining them. Here…