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Beginning Fedora: From Novice to Professional by Keir Thomas, Shashank Sharma

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CHAPTER 14Understanding Linux Files and Users

Most of us are used to dealing with files—the things that live on our hard disks, floppies, and CD-ROMs and contain data and program code. It should come as no surprise that Linux has its own file structure that is different from Windows in terms of where data is stored and also the underlying technology.

Taking a page from UNIX, Fedora takes the concept of the file system to an extreme. To Fedora, almost everything is treated as a file: your PC's hardware, network computers connected to your PC, information about the current state of your computer . . . almost everything finds a home within the Linux file system.

Linux places an equal emphasis on the users of the system. They own the various files ...

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