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Guide to UNIX Using Linux, 4th Edition

  • Michael Palmer
  • ISBN-10: 1418837237  |  ISBN-13: 9781418837235
  • 704 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2002, 2002
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $133.50
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Written with a clear, straightforward writing style and packed with step-by-step projects for direct, hands-on learning, Guide to UNIX Using Linux, 4E is the perfect resource for learning UNIX and Linux from the ground up. Through the use of practical examples, end-of-chapter reviews, and interactive exercises, novice users are transformed into confident UNIX/Linux users who can employ utilities, master files, manage and query data, create scripts, access a network or the Internet, and navigate popular user interfaces and software. The updated 4th edition incorporates coverage of the latest versions of UNIX and Linux, including new versions of Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE, and Ubuntu Linux. A new chapter has also been added to cover basic networking utilities, and several other chapters have been expanded to include additional information on the KDE and GNOME desktops, as well as coverage of the popular OpenOffice.org office suite. With a strong focus on universal UNIX and Linux commands that are transferable to all versions of Linux, this book is a "must-have" for anyone seeking to develop their knowledge of these systems.

Features and Benefits

  • Illustrations and updated screen captures clarify key concepts
  • Syntax/Dissection boxes for every command offer readers a summarization of the syntax, its use, and its commonly used command options, to provide a study aid and quick reference
  • Hands-on projects at the end of each chapter provide clear, step-by-step practice for applying what has been learned
  • Discovery Exercises at the end of each chapter range from easy to challenging to encourage readers to continue to further their knowledge
  • Free copy of most current distribution of Fedora Core (Linux) included to complete hands-on projects and Discovery Exercises
  • Appendix includes a Syntax Guide to UNIX/Linux commands that covers purpose, options, and examples to serve as a comprehensive reference tool

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Essence of UNIX and Linux
Chapter 2: Exploring the UNIX/Linux File Systems and File Security
Chapter 3: Mastering Editors
Chapter 4: UNIX/Linux File Processing
Chapter 5: Advanced File Processing
Chapter 6: Introduction to Shell Script Programming
Chapter 7: Advanced Shell Programming
Chapter 8: Exploring the UNIX/Linux Utilities
Chapter 9: Perl and CGI Programming
Chapter 10: Developing UNIX/Linux Applications in C and C++
Chapter 11: The X Window System
Appendix A: How to Access a UNIX/Linux Operating System
Appendix B: Syntax Guide to UNIX/Linux Commands
Appendix C: How to Install Fedora and How to Use the Knoppix CD
Appendix D: UNIX/Linux Variants
Appendix E: UNIX/Linux Security: Network and Internet Connectivity


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1428319875 | ISBN-13: 9781428319875)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, Ph.D., is an industry consultant and educator who has written numerous networking and operating systems books, including best-selling books about Microsoft® Windows® Server systems and UNIX®/Linux®. He is president of CertQuick, which provides computer and networking consulting services, technical authoring services, and computer science curriculum development for schools. Dr. Palmer has worked for 30 years in higher education and industry as an instructor, professor, systems and networking specialist, technical manager, department head, and consultant. He holds bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.