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1st Edition

Linux with Operating System Concepts

ISBN 9781482235890
Published August 26, 2014 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
688 Pages 108 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A True Textbook for an Introductory Course, System Administration Course, or a Combination Course

Linux with Operating System Concepts merges conceptual operating system (OS) and Unix/Linux topics into one cohesive textbook for undergraduate students. The book can be used for a one- or two-semester course on Linux or Unix. It is complete with review sections, problems, definitions, concepts, and relevant introductory material, such as binary and Boolean logic, OS kernels, and the role of the CPU and memory hierarchy.

Details for Introductory and Advanced Users

The book covers Linux from both the user and system administrator positions. From a user perspective, it emphasizes command line interaction. From a system administrator perspective, the text reinforces shell scripting with examples of administration scripts that support the automation of administrator tasks.

Thorough Coverage of Concepts and Linux Commands

The author incorporates OS concepts not found in most Linux/Unix textbooks, including kernels, file systems, storage devices, virtual memory, and process management. He also introduces computer science topics, such as computer networks and TCP/IP, binary numbers and Boolean logic, encryption, and the GNUs C compiler. In addition, the text discusses disaster recovery planning, booting, and Internet servers.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Linux
Why Linux?
Operating Systems
The Linux Operating System: GUIs
The Linux Command Line
Virtual Machines
Unix and Linux
Types of Users
What Is a Computer?
This Textbook

The Bash Shell
Entering Linux Commands
Man Pages
Bash Features
Other Shells

Navigating the Linux File System
Filename Specification
File System Commands
Locating Files
Linux File System Structure
Secondary Storage Devices
File Compression

Managing Processes
Forms of Process Management
Starting, Pausing, and Resuming Processes
Monitoring Processes
Managing Linux Processes
Killing Processes

Linux Applications
Text Editors
Productivity Software
Encryption Software
Email Programs
Network Software

Regular Expressions

Shell Scripting
Simple Scripting
Variables, Assignments, and Parameters
Input and Output
Selection Statements
String Manipulation
C-shell Scripting

Installing Linux
The Linux Operating System
Installing CentOS 6
Installing Ubuntu
Software Installation Choices
Virtual Memory
Setting Up Network Connectivity and a Printer

User Accounts
Creating Accounts and Groups
Managing Users and Groups
Establishing Common User Resources
The sudo Command
Establishing User and Group Policies

The Linux File System
Storage Access
Linux Top-Level Directories Revisited
Other System Administration Duties

System Initialization and Services
Boot Process
Boot Loading in Linux
Initialization of the Linux Operating System
Linux Services
Configuring Services through GUI Tools
Configuring Services through Configuration Files

Network Configuration
Computer Networks and TCP/IP
Network Services and Files
Obtaining IP Addresses
Network Programs
The Linux Firewall
Writing Your Own Network Scripts

Software Installation and Maintenance
Software Installation Questions
Installing Software from a GUI
Installation from Package Manager
Installation of Source Code
The gcc Compiler
Software Maintenance
The Open Source Movement

Maintaining and Troubleshooting Linux
Backups and File System Integrity
Task Scheduling
System Monitoring
Log Files
Disaster Planning and Recovery


Appendix: Binary and Boolean Logic


Chapter Review and Review Questions appear at the end of each chapter.

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"The intent of this text is to provide both use and administration details for Linux, as well as more general concepts of operating systems. ...The writing style is almost conversational…The coverage is quite good… and there are many helpful comments that help in dealing with the many Linux variations. This text has the potential to serve a wide variety of audiences…"
—Computing Reviews, June 2015

"I would strongly recommend this book as a primary textbook for a course or tutorial on the use of Linux, or as a companion reference book in an operating systems course. This is also a great book for business computer systems students, IT personnel who need to jump onto the Linux/Unix wagon, or for an engineer or engineering student who wants to learn more about a workstation that hosts his or her computer aided design software."
—Aleksander Malinowski, Bradley University

"This book is a broad and deep look at everything you need to do to dive into Linux. Both experienced users and Linux newbies will have something to learn from this book; it’s worthy of keeping on your shelf as a reference."
—Peter Bartoli, San Diego State University

"This is a good book that covers a comprehensive list of Linux topics for college students. Unlike many Linux books that are written for system administrators or software professionals who develop Linux systems or applications, this book takes a unique approach and discusses the topics at a level that is appropriate for undergraduate students who are learning Linux."
—Xiannong Meng, Bucknell University