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Foreword This book will serve both as an introduction for newcomers to Linux and as a reference for professionals. The book starts with the basics and goes through the most important Linux commands. If you are an IT manager wondering if Linux would make a good client or server operating system for your company, you will find it very valuable to read Chapter 25, "Cost/Benefit Analysis." I started with Unix 15 years ago and have written three books on UNIX3: UNIX: From User to System Administrator, UNIX: An Introduction, and UNIX Commands by Example: A Desktop Reference for Solaris, UnixWare, and SCO UNIX. In the past four years, I have also written two books on Linux: Linux Installation and Configuration, and Introduction to Red Hat Linux 7.0. I was first introduced to UNIX in 1985, when the operating system was called Microsoft XENIX a UNIX clone . At that time the machine hardware was based on a PC with a 4.77 MHz Intel CPU, 640 KB RAM, and a 10-MB hard disk. Later I worked with both BSD and System V-based solutions like SCO XENIX, SCO UNIX, ISC UNIX, Novell UnixWare, Solaris 1.x, Solaris 2.x, IBM AIX, SCO UnixWare, NCR Unix V.4, and of course, Linux. Early in 1997 I started working on an Intranet/WEB-development project for a Norwegian company called Telenor Marlink. In this project, the development platform was based on Sunsoft Solaris 2.5. A colleague named Knut Ranheim was also working on this project and wanted us to use Linux and PC hardware as the workstation platform. Since then I have been hooked on the Open Source model and Linux. Today, I work as a project leader for different Linux software projects. In my part time, I am Contributing Editor for the Norwegian Linux magazine, Open Source Linux Magazine. I also write books and am a well-known lecturer. If you would like to know what I use Linux for, check my homepage: http://home.c2i.net/delboth - David Elboth