Linux: Configuration and Installation (Slackware)

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9781558285668: Linux: Configuration and Installation (Slackware)

You'll be guided through a simple Linux installation step-by-step. You'll learn about the many tools that make Linux such a powerful operating system, including XFree86, GNU Emacs, and programming tools like C, C++, Perl, and Tcl/Tk. You'll also learn how to explore the Internet with Linux and how to set Linux to coexist with other operating systems like DOS, OS/2, and Windows. Let our Linux gurus get you up, running, and productive in no time.

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Slackware Creator Patrick Volkerding Shows You How to Build Your Own System Harness the power of Linux with step–by–step explanations straight from the creator of one of its most popular distributions. Complete with Slackware 3.5 and new coverage of specific installation and configuration topics, Linux ® Configuration and Installation, 4th Edition brings you everything you need, short of a PC, to get you up and running in no time. Inside, You'll Learn How to:

  • Prepare your PC for Linux
  • Install and configure Linux for your system
  • Set up XFree86
  • Master the basic Linux tools and applications
  • Manage your system for maximum performance
  • Leverage resources with a Linux network
  • Expand your system with telecommunications capabilities
  • Connect to the Internet with Linux
  • Develop Linux applications using C, Make, Java, Tcl, Perl, and Gawk
Get Slackware 3.5 Free, including:
  • Kernels for most major PC hardware configurations — including support for IDE/EIDE, SCSI, PCMCIA cards, tape drives, sound boards, network cards, Jaz and Zip drives, and CD–ROMs
  • Full set of installation tools — including easy–to–use menus and tools for upgrading
  • Three installation methods — traditional Linux installation via bootdisks and rootdisks, direct installation onto a Zip drive or other DOS partition, and direct installation from the bootable installation CD–ROM
  • Complete installation of XFree86 3.3.2 system — including installation and configuration utilities, window managers (fvwm, fvwm–95, twm, olvwm), and X servers for most graphics cards
  • Full TCP/IP connectivity for the Internet, corporate networks, and intranets
  • Netscape Communicator, with Web–browsing, electronic–mail, collaborative, and newsgroup capabilities
  • Complete ANSI C and C++ programming suites
  • Various Unix shells — including the Bourne Again Shell (bash), tcsh, and more
  • Tools for connecting your PC to the Internet and to online services with PPP, SLIP, CSLIP, UUCP, dip, mailx, and dialup serial programs
  • Other Internet applications — including electronic mail (pine and elm), Web browsers (Arena and Lynx), Usenet newsreaders (cnews, nn, tin, trn, and inn) and FTP
  • All major GNU commands and applications — including GNU Emacs 20.2
  • Multimedia tools for working with images files and MIME
  • Internet servers — including the Apache HTTP Web server, sendmail, and an FTP server
  • Terminal applications — including Midnight Commander and the sc spreadsheet
  • A full set of programming tools — egcs–1.0.3 (gcc–2.8 based C/C++/f77/Objective–C compiler from egcs.cygnus.com), make (GNU and BSD), byacc and GNU bison, flex, 5.4.44 C libraries, gdb, SVGAlib, ncurses, gcl (LISP), p2c, m4, perl, python, rcs
  • Text–editing and text–formatting tools — including elvis, vm, jed, joe, jove, pico, gross TeX, info) as well as hundreds of fonts
  • Full suite of X Window applications — including Ghostscript, xlock, libgr, seyon, workman, xfilemanager, xv 3.10a, GNU chess and xboard, xfm 1.3.2, ghostview, gnuplot, xpaint, xfractint, and various X games.
  • Support for iBCS, which allow binaries created on other x86 UNIX variants to run under Linux
  • X Window programming and usage tools — X11 server linkkit, static libraries, PEX support, xview3.2p1–X11R6 (XView libraries), the Open Look virtual and nonvirtual window managers for XFree86
  • Various applications and add–ons — the manual pages, groff, ispell, joe, jed, jove, ghostscript, sc, bc, and the quota patches
  • A collection of FAQs and other documentation
  • Tcl, Tk, and TcIX, built with ELF shared libraries and dynamic loading support, as well as the TkDesk file manager
  • The BSD games collection — Koules, Lizards, and Sasteroids
Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like—free—but they have no technical support.

About the Author:

About the Authors: Patrick Volkerding is the creator of Slackware, the highly praised distribution of Linux. Kevin Reichard and Eric Foster–Johnson are Unix and Internet experts and veteran computer book authors. They have written top–selling books on Unix, including Unix ® in Plain English and Teach Yourself ® Unix ®. Foster–Johnson's Cross–Platform Perl and Graphical Applications with Tcl and Tk have paved the way for many an Internet programmer.

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