Configuration management is a rather broad topic. It is essentially any aspect of the Linux operating system that allows you to configure the server. In previous chapters, we have covered configuration management as it applied to specific issues such as Web servers, startup processes, and scheduling tasks. In this chapter, we will explore the topic of general configuration management. Essentially, we will investigate any configuration issues that did not fit neatly into the preceding 19 chapters.
We will look at general utilities both from the shell and the desktop (GNOME and KDE). However, we will start off with just a series of shell commands that allow you to configure some aspect of your Linux server.