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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Networking, Fourth Edition by Joe Habraken

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Chapter 10. Networking with Linux

In this chapter

  • What is Red Hat Linux?

  • Installing Red Hat

  • Linux administrative tools

  • Managing users

  • Configuring Red Hat network services

  • Sharing network resources

This chapter provides an introduction to Linux, specifically the Red Hat distribution of Linux. Linux is both a desktop and server environment. Linux was created by Linus Torvalds when he was a student at the University of Helsinki. Linux is an open-system OS/NOS, and because the source code is freely available, a number of Linux distributions have popped up in the marketplace. Linux is similar to Unix in many respects and uses a similar command set.

Linux servers can offer file and print services as well as more complex services, such as Web hosting. The Apache ...

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