Linux for Beginners: An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line

Linux for Beginners: An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line

by Jason Cannon

ISBN-10: 1496145097
ISBN-13: 9781496145093
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Edition: 1 - 2014

Book Description
If you want to learn how to use Linux, but don't know where to start read on.

Knowing where to start when learning a new skill can be a challenge, especially when the topic seems so vast. There can be so much information available that you can't even decide where to start. Or worse, you start down the path of learning and quickly discover too many concepts, commands, and nuances that aren't explained. This kind of experience is frustrating and leaves you with more questions than answers.


Linux for Beginners
doesn't make any assumptions about your background or knowledge of Linux. You need no prior knowledge to benefit from this book. You will be guided step by step using a logical and systematic approach. As new concepts, commands, or jargon are encountered they are explained in plain language, making it easy for anyone to understand.


Here is what you will learn by reading Linux for Beginners:

  • How to get access to a Linux server if you don't already.

  • What a Linux distribution is and which one to choose.

  • What software is needed to connect to Linux from Mac and Windows computers. Screenshots included.

  • What SSH is and how to use it, including creating and using SSH keys.

  • The file system layout of Linux systems and where to find programs, configurations, and documentation.

  • The basic Linux commands you'll use most often.

  • Creating, renaming, moving, and deleting directories.

  • Listing, reading, creating, editing, copying, and deleting files.

  • Exactly how permissions work and how to decipher the most cryptic Linux permissions with ease.

  • How to use the nano, vi, and emacs editors.

  • Two methods to search for files and directories.

  • How to compare the contents of files.

  • What pipes are, why they are useful, and how to use them.

  • How to compress files to save space and make transferring data easy.

  • How and why to redirect input and output from applications.

  • How to customize your shell prompt.

  • How to be efficient at the command line by using aliases, tab completion, and your shell history.

  • How to schedule and automate jobs using cron.

  • How to switch users and run processes as others.

  • Where to go for even more in-depth coverage on each topic.
What you learn in "Linux for Beginners" applies to any Linux environment including Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, RedHat, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Slackware, and more.

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