Red Hat Linux 9 for Dummies

Red Hat Linux 9 for Dummies

by Jon Hall, Paul G. Sery


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Red Hat Linux, with its splashy brand name and recognizable logo, is undeniably one of the driving forces behind the Linux revolution—and, by far, the most popular Linux flavor. It’s used by businesses, individuals, and governments world wide to cut costs, improve performance, and just plain get the work done. You can use it as a desktop workstation, a network server, an Internet gateway, a firewall, the basis of an embedded system (such as a smart VCR or a robot), or even as a multiprocessor supercomputer. And thanks to the thousands of people who continually refine different parts of Linux, Red Hat Linux keeps getting more flexible and robust with each new release.

Ready to put the power of the penguin in your PC? This handy plain-English guide to Red Hat Linux 9 shows you how—no experience required!  It gets you up and running with everything you need to know to:

  • Install, configure, customize, and fine-tune Red Hat Linux 9
  • Get connected to the Internet
  • Work with Word documents
  • Set up a Web server
  • Customize your own flexible, powerful workstation
  • Connect to a wireless network
  • Build a firewall

With world-renowned Linux expert and crusader Jon “maddog” Hall and Paul Sery as your guides, you’ll quickly master what you need to know about:

  • Connecting to the Internet via broadband DSL and cable modems or old-fashioned dial-up modems
  • Getting connected to your Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Building simple Internet and LAN services, including Web pages and print servers
  • Using Red Hat Linux to play CDs and MP3s and listen to radio stations
  • Using OpenOffice desktop productivity suite, Evolution desktop organizer/and email client, the streaming multimedia player, and other cool applications

On the 2 Bonus CD-ROMs you’ll find:

  • Publisher’s edition of Red Hat Linux 9
  • Apache Web Server
  • GNU compiler
  • GNOME and KDE Desktop

This amazing book/CD package is hands-down the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to put the full power of Linux to work for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764539909
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/12/2003
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Jon 'maddog' Hall (Amherst, NH) is Executive Director of Linux International. Mr. Hall is a world-renowned Linux Evangelist and the author of the first two editions of Linux For Dummies as well as other For Dummies books on SuSE and TurboLinux.

Paul G. Sery (Albuquerque, NM) works in the Special Projects Group of the Sandia National Laboratories. He assists in the operation and management of the Computer Science Research Institute Network. He is the author of the Red Hat Linux Network Toolkit and the co-author of Red Hat Linux Internet Server, TurboLinux For Dummies, and Red Hat Linux in Small Business.

Table of Contents


Part I: Installing Red Hat Linux.

Chapter 1: And in the Opposite Corner . . . a Penguin?

Chapter 2: Getting Ready for Red Hat Linux.

Chapter 3: Ready, Set, Install!

Chapter 4: Getting Red Hat Linux.

Part II: Got Net?

Chapter 5: Dial-Up Modems Still Get the Job Done.

Chapter 6: Broadband Rocks!

Chapter 7: Connect Locally, Communicate Globally: Connecting to a LAN.

Chapter 8: Fire, Fire! Heh-Heh, Firewalls Are Cool!

Part III: Linux, Huh! What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Chapter 9: Gnowing GNOME.

Chapter 10: Gnowing More Applications.

Chapter 11: Surfin’ the Net and Groovin’ to Tunes.

Chapter 12: Live from the Net.

Chapter 13: Going to the Office.

Part IV: Revenge of the Nerds.

Chapter 14: Building Your Own, Private Network.

Chapter 15: Creating Basic Linux Network Services.

Chapter 16: Securing Your Future.

Chapter 17: Bringing In the Red Hat Linux Repair Person.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Problem Areas and Solutions.

Chapter 19: Ten Security Vulnerabilities.

Part VI: The Appendixes.

Appendix A: Discovering Your Hardware.

Appendix B: Filing Your Life Away.

Appendix C: Becoming a Suit: Managing the Red Hat Linux File System.

Appendix D: Revving Up RPM.

Appendix E: System Requirement.


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