Linux: The Complete Reference

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This is a guide to Linux, the UNIX-variant operating system. The book is revised to address important changes to Linux, including: growth in the number of desktops and windows managers, new X-Windows chapters, and new programming tools and utilities. The CD-ROM contains a free full version of OpenLinux Lite by Caldera, the leading vendor of Linux software. Created in 1991, Linux is a UNIX clone, free of any commercially copyrighted software, developed for Intel-based PCs. The operating system was designed to bring UNIX power and flexibility to PCs and mainframes. Linux has grown to become a popular OS choice for PC workstations. Due to the corporate world's tendency to not "admit" running mission-critical applications on any "free" operating systems, the exact number of Linux users cannot be confirmed. However, estimates and acknowledgements of use from some major corporations, have placed the installed base of Linux between three-to-five million. It has even been suggested by industry experts to be as high as nine million. Well-known corporations on Linux's "open" list includes NASA, Disney, Lockheed Martin and General Electric. The industry is openly betting on Linux to have an impact in the next decade's transformation into using the Network Computing Architecture. Many are also saying that the OS will give Microsoft's flag-ship, Windows NT, still some competition in the years to come. Richard Petersen is the author of "Introductory C: Pointers, Functions, and files.

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Absolutely everything you need to know abut Linux! With its multi-tasking capabilities, TCP/IP support, e-mail clients, and graphical X-Windows system, Linux is the Network Operating System of choice for thousands of PC users and PC-based businesses worldwide. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition of the best-selling Linux: The Complete Reference is the most complete source of Linux information available. From detailed instructions on installing Caldera's OpenLinux to troubleshooting references, Linux: The Complete Reference is your one-stop guide for realizing the full power and flexibility of this popular and often complicated-UNIX clone. Renowned author Richard Petersen captures Linux in one comprehensive volume featuring: complete, up-to-date instructions on every Linux task-from obtaining, installing, and configuring Linux on standalone PCs and networks to configuring Internet servers (Ftp, Web, Gopher, and Wais); new chapters on window managers and desktops with interfaces similar to Windows 95, Next, and OpenLook (Fvwm, fvwm95, Xview, AfterStep, LessTif, and Looking Glass); easy to use X-windows and ISP setup tools (XF86Setup and ExPPP); and TeX typesetting with LaTeX and Ghostscript; unprecedented coverage of the BASH and TCSH shells, Internet tools, file management, and systems administration; time and money-saving CD-ROM featuring a free, full-featured version of OpenLinux by Caldera, the leading vendor of Linux software, including a full set of easily installed Linux software applications for graphics, communications, publishing, editing, and even games.

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