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Linux for System Administrators

By : Viorel Rudareanu, Daniil Baturin
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Linux for System Administrators

By: Viorel Rudareanu, Daniil Baturin

Overview of this book

Linux system administration is an essential aspect of maintaining and managing Linux servers within an organization. The role of a Linux system administrator is pivotal in ensuring the smooth functioning and security of these servers, making it a critical job function for any company that relies on Linux infrastructure. This book is a comprehensive guide designed to help you build a solid foundation in Linux system administration. It takes you from the fundamentals of Linux to more advanced topics, encompassing key areas such as Linux system installation, managing user accounts and filesystems, networking fundamentals, and Linux security techniques. Additionally, the book delves into the automation of applications and infrastructure using Chef, enabling you to streamline and optimize your operations. For both newcomers getting started with Linux and professionals looking to enhance their skills, this book is an invaluable hands-on guide with a structured approach and concise explanations that make it an effective resource for quickly acquiring and reinforcing Linux system administration skills. With the help of this Linux book, you’ll be able to navigate the world of Linux administration confidently to meet the demands of your role.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Linux Basics
Part 2: Configuring and Modifying Linux Systems
Part 3: Linux as a Part of a Larger System

Software Installation and Package Repositories

Most Linux distributions only install the bare minimum set of software by default and assume that the user will install additional software later. These days, installing software on Linux is very easy, thanks to package repositories and high-level package managers that can search, download, and install packages over the network. However, it’s important to understand how package files are organized internally and how package managers work since it helps administrators inspect packages, diagnose problems, and fix installation issues if they occur.

In this chapter, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Software installation, packages, and dependencies
  • Package files
  • Package repositories and high-level package managers
  • System upgrade