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CentOS Quick Start Guide

By : Shiwang Kalkhanda
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CentOS Quick Start Guide

By: Shiwang Kalkhanda

Overview of this book

Linux kernel development has been the worlds largest collaborative project to date. With this practical guide, you will learn Linux through one of its most popular and stable distributions. This book will introduce you to essential Linux skills using CentOS 7. It describes how a Linux system is organized, and will introduce you to key command-line concepts you can practice on your own. It will guide you in performing basic system administration tasks and day-to-day operations in a Linux environment. You will learn core system administration skills for managing a system running CentOS 7 or a similar operating system, such as RHEL 7, Scientific Linux, and Oracle Linux. You will be able to perform installation, establish network connectivity and user and process management, modify file permissions, manage text files using the command line, and implement basic security administration after covering this book. By the end of this book, you will have a solid understanding of working with Linux using the command line.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Getting Started with CentOS 7

Community Enterprise Operating System, commonly referred to as CentOS, is a fast, stable, and open source enterprise-grade Linux distribution used on laptops, desktops, and servers. It is derived from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which is developed and maintained by the CentOS community. All proprietary content related to Red Hat Inc. is removed from the CentOS packages, which are then recompiled with CentOS community assets, such as logos and so on. CentOS 7 is an exact replica of RHEL 7, but is available for free with community support and updates. The CentOS project is now officially sponsored by Red Hat Inc. and is most suitable for environments where commercial support for operating systems is not mandatory.

In this chapter, we will give you a walk-through on how to install CentOS 7 on your computers. After installation, we will introduce you to the command-line console of Linux in order to use Bash (short for Bourne Again Shell). This chapter teaches you how to set up your environment to perform all the exercises in the following chapters of this book.

In this chapter, we will cover the following:

  • Preparing to install CentOS 7
  • Performing manual installation
  • Accessing the command line using the console
  • Introducing the Bash shell
  • Bash shell and command execution