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SAMS Teach Yourself Red Hat® Fedora™ 4 Linux® All in One

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Join an estimated 85% of the U.S. Linux market in using Red Hat's Linux distributions by learning it from a Fedora authority. Sams Teach Yourself Red Hat Fedora 4 All in One is a starter kit that will help you install, configure, and use Red Hat's Fedora 4 distribution and desktop applications. The easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions will also show you how to:

  • Use the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and other leading applications.

  • Troubleshoot hardware issues and install new components.

  • Set up a small Linux-based network to share files and resources.

  • Also included is a DVD, which will provide you with the complete Fedora Core Linux distribution, OpenOffice.org desktop suite, and the leading applications for e-mail, Web browsing, and graphics. Find out how you can safely and reliably use Linux and Linux-based applications to accomplish your day-to-day work in the office and at home with Sams Teach Yourself Red Hat Fedora 4 All in One.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. About the Author
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. We Want to Hear from You!
    5. Reader Services
    6. Introduction
    7. Installing Fedora Core 4
      1. Preparing to Install Fedora Core 4
        1. Taking a Hardware Inventory
        2. Evaluating Your Hardware
        3. Making Space for Linux
        4. Launching the Fedora Core 4 Installer
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
      2. Installing Fedora Core 4
        1. Starting the Fedora Core 4 Installer
        2. Beginning the Installation
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      3. Booting, Logging In, and Configuring
        1. Booting Fedora Core 4
        2. Welcome to Fedora Core 4!
        3. Configuring Your Printer and Internet Service
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
    8. Exploring Linux Fundamentals
      1. Introducing the Fedora Core 4 Desktop
        1. Logging In to the Desktop
        2. Navigating the Desktop
        3. Working with Multiple Windows
        4. Understanding Virtual Workspaces
        5. Logging Out of the Fedora Core 4 Desktop
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
      2. Working with Files on the Desktop
        1. Creating a File Using the Text Editor
        2. Understanding the Linux File System
        3. Using File Dialog Boxes in Linux
        4. Using the File Manager
        5. Working with Files and Directories
        6. Manipulating Files Using Drag and Drop
        7. Working with Trash Contents
        8. Summary
        9. Q&A
        10. Workshop
      3. Working with Files in the Shell
        1. Why Learn to Use the Linux Command Line?
        2. Introducing the Shell
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      4. Understanding File Properties
        1. Understanding Executable Files
        2. Using Symbolic Links
        3. Understanding Permissions
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
    9. Using Fedora Core 4
      1. Creating Text Documents with OpenOffice.org Writer
        1. Previewing the OpenOffice.org Applications
        2. Creating and Formatting an OpenOffice.org Writer Document
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      2. Creating Spreadsheets with OpenOffice.org Calc
        1. Understanding Electronic Spreadsheets
        2. Using OpenOffice.org Calc
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      3. Creating Presentations with OpenOffice.org Impress
        1. Understanding Electronic Presentations
        2. Launching OpenOffice.org Impress
        3. Creating Your First Presentation
        4. Working with Your Presentation
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
      4. Browsing the Web with Firefox
        1. Introducing Firefox
        2. Browsing the Web with Firefox
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      5. Managing Email with Evolution
        1. Reading and Writing Email with Evolution
        2. Summary
        3. Q&A
        4. Workshop
      6. Using Other Network Tools
        1. Instant Messaging in Fedora Core 4
        2. Accessing Windows Networks
        3. Using File Transfer Protocol on the Desktop
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      7. Editing Images and Photos
        1. Downloading Images From Your Digital Camera
        2. Using The GIMP for Basic Photo Editing
        3. Using More Advanced GIMP Tools
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      8. Playing and Recording Sound and Music
        1. Using the Volume Control
        2. Playing Audio CDs
        3. Playing MP3 Digital Music Files
        4. Recording and Playing Back Sound
        5. Burning Your Own CDs
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
      9. Customizing the Desktop
        1. Using the Desktop Preferences
        2. Configuring the Menubar
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      10. Getting Help on the Desktop
        1. Using Application Help
        2. Viewing Systemwide Help in the Help Browser
        3. Reading Other Documentationon the Desktop
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
    10. Using the Linux Command Line
      1. Becoming Familiar with Shell Environments
        1. Why Learn to Use the Linux Command Line?
        2. Understanding Virtual Consoles
        3. Becoming Comfortable at the Command Line
        4. Getting Help at the Command Line
        5. Using the GNU info System
        6. Getting Help from the Commands Themselves
        7. Summary
        8. Q&A
        9. Workshop
      2. Performing Basic Shell Tasks
        1. Grouping Files for Efficient File Management
        2. Searching Files and Directories Quickly
        3. Using Command Output for Complex Tasks
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      3. Creating, Editing, and Saving Text Files
        1. Using Common Command-Line Editors
        2. Keeping Your Shell Programs Under Control
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      4. Managing High-Quality Documents at the Command Line
        1. Printing at the Command Line
        2. Creating High-Quality Documents at the Command Line
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      5. Performing Simple Math and Database Tasks at the Command Line
        1. Performing Math Tasks Using the Binary Calculator
        2. Creating and Sorting Lists of Data
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      6. Using the Network at the Command Line
        1. Browsing the Web at the Command Line
        2. Managing Email at the Console
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      7. Using Other Systems Remotely at the Command Line
        1. Logging In to a Remote Linux or Unix System
        2. Exchanging Files with Linux/Unix Hosts Using ftp
        3. Exchanging Files with Windows Hosts Using smbclient
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      8. Harnessing the Power of the Shell
        1. Adding to Your Command Repertoire
        2. Using Shell Variables and Quoting
        3. Creating Your Own Commands Using Shell Scripting
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
    11. Advanced Topics
      1. Desktop Power Tools
        1. Additional Features of the Terminal Application
        2. Using Basic X Window System Applications
        3. Interacting with the User in Shell Scripts
        4. Scripting the File Manager
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
      2. Using Desktop Applications Remotely
        1. Understanding the X Window System Protocol
        2. Networking X Using the Secure Shell
        3. Networking X Manually
        4. Allowing Incoming X Connections with xhost
        5. Allowing and Starting Remote X Sessions
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
      3. Command-Line System Administration
        1. Using the su Command
        2. Managing System Processes
        3. Managing Running Services
        4. Managing File Systems
        5. Managing Accounts
        6. Using cron to Manage Periodic Jobs
        7. Shutting Down and Restarting
        8. Summary
        9. Q&A
        10. Workshop
      4. Desktop System Administration
        1. Managing System Processes
        2. Managing Running Services
        3. Managing Network Interfaces
        4. Managing Accounts
        5. Reading System Logs
        6. Mounting and Unmounting File Systems
        7. Summary
        8. Q&A
        9. Workshop
      5. Security Basics
        1. Managing the Fedora Core 4 Firewall
        2. Understanding Advanced Permissions
        3. Protecting the Root Account
        4. Logging Users Out Automatically
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
      6. Installing Linux Software
        1. Installing and Removing Fedora Core 4 Components
        2. Using Third-Party Software
        3. Using the rpm Command
        4. Using Application Launchers
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
      7. Keeping Fedora Core 4 Updated
        1. Introducing the Red Hat Network
        2. Keeping Fedora Core 4 Updated from the Command Line
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
      8. Offering Network File Services
        1. Before You Begin
        2. Offering Network File System Service
        3. Offering Windows File Sharing Service
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      9. Offering Web and FTP Service
        1. Before You Begin
        2. Running a Web Server
        3. Running a File Transfer Protocol Server
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
      10. Backups, Troubleshooting, and Rescue
        1. Backing Up and Restoring Your Data
        2. Dealing with Catastrophic Failures
        3. Recognizing Other Critical Problems
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
    12. Appendixes
      1. Installer Troubleshooting
        1. Loading Modules at Install Time
        2. Using Module Parameters: A Last Resort
        3. Using the Text Mode Installer
        4. Installing from Network Volumes or Hard Drives
      2. Adding Windows Compatibility to Linux
        1. Windows Compatibility Overview
        2. Codeweavers CrossOver Office
        3. VMware Workstation
        4. Netraverse Win4Lin
    13. Index