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Linux Essentials - Second Edition

By : Christine Bresnahan, Richard Blum
Book Image

Linux Essentials - Second Edition

By: Christine Bresnahan, Richard Blum

Overview of this book

Linux Essentials, Second Edition provides a solid foundation of knowledge for anyone considering a career in information technology, for anyone new to the Linux operating system, and for anyone who is preparing to sit for the Linux Essentials Exam. Through this engaging resource, you can access key information in a learning-by-doing style. Hands-on tutorials and end-of-chapter exercises and review questions lead you in both learning and applying new information—information that will help you achieve your goals! With the experience provided in this compelling reference, you can sit down for the Linux Essentials Exam with confidence. An open-source operating system, Linux is a UNIX-based platform that is freely updated by developers. The nature of its development means that Linux is a low-cost and secure alternative to other operating systems, and is used in many different IT environments. Passing the Linux Essentials Exam prepares you to apply your knowledge regarding this operating system within the workforce.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)

Using Common Linux Programs

This chapter begins a more hands-on look at Linux, as opposed to the more abstract information presented in the previous chapters. This chapter starts with a look at Linux desktop environments, including information on the most common desktop environments and their basic uses. If you’re using a desktop environment, chances are good that you’re doing so in order to run productivity software. Thus some common productivity packages for Linux are described. In addition, you likely will want to install additional productivity software, so software package management is briefly covered at the chapter’s end.

Another major use of a Linux system is as a network server, so a few common server programs that you may encounter are covered. Although you might not need to write programs, you may need to compile programs from source code, so you should also be familiar with the common Linux programming tools covered in this chapter.

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