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Essential Linux® Administration: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners by Serge Palladino, Chuck Easttom

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Chapter 3. The Linux Filesystem

In Chapter 1, “Introduction to Linux,” we discussed what an operating system is and what it does. Any operating system must be able to access and manage files on storage devices; however, the manner in which the files are organized on a storage device is actually set by the underlying filesystem. While some filesystems are normally associated with certain operating systems, it is important to be aware that the filesystem is separate from the operating system. So, what is a filesystem? In this chapter, we will explore what a filesystem is, the differences between major filesystems, and how those differences affect the operating system’s performance. Obviously, we will be focusing on those filesystems utilized by ...

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