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Red Hat Linux System Administration Handbook by Mark F. Komarinski, Cary Collett

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Chapter 1. Introduction

What's this Linux thing?

Linux is probably one of the fastest growing operating systems around. It has about 10 million worldwide users, and that number is growing each day. For something that started as an idea by a college student in Finland in 1991, that is pretty darn good.

Linux is now used everywhere there is a need for a good, robust operating system. Companies run their businesses on Linux, but many may not know it. It is used for email servers, WWW servers, and to provide file and printer access for Microsoft and Apple machines, and even other UNIX machines.

This is a guide to give you (the reader) as much knowledge as we (the authors) have attained in our years of Linux administration. Our administrative projects ...

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