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- Mar 2005
GNU/Linux, the definitive guide
I'm considering writing a tutorial about GNU/Linux, which lightly covers ever aspect that is deserving. I've also considered making it an Open Content Document, but that depends mostly on how popular it gets when I ever get around to writing it. Mostly, I'm doing this because I want to, and because I think I could learn a whole lot more about linux by writing a tutorial about it. Its going to be huge.
What I'm asking for here is some creative input on what I currently have. Additions, changes, if somethings not neccessary, if I've overlooked somethign very important that would need to be included in any such document, etc. I have no idea what the title will be, but thats not important at this point in time.
Here is the outline I've started with:
Introduction The Meaning of Open Source GNU/Linux, Open Source's Greatest Achievement Constituents of a GNU/Linux Distribution GNU, The Operating System Linux, The Kernel why different versions? version 2.2 version 2.4 version 2.6 The Bootloader Lilo Grub Dual Booting Tux, the Penguin Distributions, to Name a Few Debian Gentoo Mandriva Red Hat/Fedora Slackware SuSE LiveCD Distros Knoppix Slax ZipSlack Files and Directories File System Heirarchy /boot, /dev, /etc, /home, /lib, /media, /mnt, /opt, /proc, /usr, /usr/local, /usr/src, /tmp, /var Commands cd, ls, find, updatedb, locate, cat, grep, touch, mkdir, rm, rmdir, dd Attributes and Permissions directory, read, write, execute, sticky octal representation owner, group owner Commands chgrp, chmod, chown Archives tarballs, bz2, gz Fils System Table, fstab device, mount point, file system, options, fsck, boot File Systems ext ntfs reiser4 reiserfs vfat Devices Systems udev devfs (deprecated) mount umount Bash Shell Environment Variables PATH PS1 Aliases Bash Scripts Pipes and Redirection echo pipe output output to file append to file xargs Useful Features Tab Completion Other Shells csh korn sh tsh Vi text editor save undo quit and save quit without saving force command (!) find text search and replace other editors emacs joe The Manual Pages man Users and Groups root, the Super User User Priveleges Group Priveleges su sudo Adding and Removing useradd, userdel, groupadd, groupdel X Windows The X Server XFree Xorg Window Managers blackbox (deprecated) Fluxbox Enlightenment Desktop Managers GNOME KDE XFCE Terminals rxvt XTerm Konsole (KDE) ATerm (AfterStep) Some Notable Applications Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Thunderbird Gaim Gimp OpenOffice.org Wine K3B Packages Various Distribution-Specifc Tools Slackware, tgz packages. pkgtool, installpkg, removepkg, upgradepkg third-party tools slapt-get Debian, deb packages dpkg, apt-get, aptitude Mandriva, RPM pacakges URPMI RedHat/Fedora, RPM pacakges Package Dependancies dependancy hell Compiling source Networking Configuring /etc/hostname, /etc/hosts Strarting and Stopping Wireless File Sharing NFS Samba Remote user login rlogin (deprecated) SSH Linux as a server Web server Apache MySQL PHP Mail server Postfix Sendmail (deprecated) Printing & Scanning CUPS SANE Laptops Card Services cardctl Power Management Daemons APM (deprecated) ACPI Jobs and Processes Jobs ctrl+z, bg, fg, pausing, unpausing, and stoping Processes ps, kill, killall Boot Services Runlevels - inittab The Kernel Lodable Kernel Modules Installing Kernel Source Configuring a Kernel Compiling a new Kernel Hardware Drivers Video ATI NVidia Audio ALSA Programming, C/C++ Compilers gcc Make files GUI Development GTK+ Glade Qt Security (System Hardening) Programs tripwire snort bastille Configuration Services Firewalls Password Shadowing (an overview) Passwords Risks SUID-bit Programs Deprecated Programs Race Contitions Buffer Overflows Other Topics Security Mailing lists Protecting Physical Access Linux as an embedded OS (a brief overview) PDAs, Cell Phones, Tablets Lexicon Distro, Fork
edit: 2006-01-18 changed a few things. It's also important to note that I'm not intending to add any sort of historical informations in the guide, to keep it focused on specificly how to use GNU/Linux.
edit 2006-01-18(2): added a lot of things.
edit 2006-01-18(3): expanded some things.
That looks very ambitious and time consuming, but highly worthwhile. Anything on security and servers?I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
Originally Posted by fingal
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- Mar 2005
edit: and a section on system hardening.
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- Dec 2004
Hi zeroth, will this be a wiki type of document? On another note, there is already a lot out there which most of us have benefited from, perhaps (with appropriate attribution) you could copy as opposed to create? Furthermore, as a recommendation, I would like to see some images: partitions, file systems, screenshots etc.
Hope this helps