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tuning and customizing a linux system
Tuning and Customizing a Linux System
byDaniel L. Morrill ISBN:1893115275
Apress 2002 (432 pages)

This resource steps beyond the typical mode and focuses on understanding how the systems work, rather than simply how to use them; it also provides a practical understanding of what's going on behind the scenes, without getting into arcane detail.

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Tuning and Customizing a Linux System
Part One - Background
Chapter 1- The Physiology of Linux
Chapter 2- An Open Source Primer
Part Two - Linux Distributions
Chapter 3- The Nature of a Distribution
Chapter 4- Red Hat Linux 7.3
Chapter 5- Slackware Linux 8.0
Chapter 6- Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
Part Three - Installing Software
Chapter 7- Installing and Configuring Software
Chapter 8- OpenSSH Secure Shell
Chapter 9- Pluggable Authentication Modules
Chapter 10- Dante SOCKS Library
Chapter 11- The Apache HTTP Server
Chapter 12- Concurrent Versions System
Chapter 13- Sun Microsystems’ Java Development Kit
Part Four - Case Studies
Chapter 14- Building a Desktop System
Chapter 15- A Corporate Software Development Environment
Chapter 16- Building a Network Firewall
Appendix A- Pulling It All Together
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Code Examples
List of Sidebars


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  • Includes complete instructions and resources for duplicating and customizing the material in the book
  • Delves into the latest versions of three popular Linux distributions: Red Hat, Slackware, and Devian GNU/Linux
  • Features three usable, real-world case studies: a home user desktop system, a corporate e-commerce software development environment, and a Linux-based firewall

Linux-based operating systems are extremely powerful and flexible, but unlocking that power and flexibility requires knowledge and understanding of how the system works. Tuning and Customizing a Linux System goes beyond the mere basics of using and administrating Linux systems to cover how such systems are designed. Through detailed analyses of three popular Linux distributions, example configuration and administration tasks, and three real-world case studies, you will come away with a genuine mastery of Linux-based operating systems and perhaps even Unix-like systems in general.

Tuning and Customizing a Linux System is geared toward users of Linux systems who already know the basics, but aren’t yet gurus. The author fills in the gap left by other books, creating a bridge from the basics of “how to” to a level of true mastery. You’ll find detailed examples of what a Linux distribution actually consists of and explore three popular distributions in detail, learning useful techniques along the way. This provides you with a complete, practical understanding of what’s going on under the covers.

About the Author

Daniel L. Morrill is a computer scientist working as a researcher at the GE Global Research Center in upstate New York. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and has extensive experience with a variety of operating systems in a number of environments. He has worked with many types of Unix systems, IBM’s OS/2, Microsoft’s various Windows platforms, and even real-time and embedded operating systems. He has successfully used his knowledge of Linux systems to support real-world projects professionally, and he has used Linux exclusively on all his personal systems for years.

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