How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know by Brian WardHow Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know by Brian Ward

How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know

byBrian Ward

Paperback | May 1, 2004

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Whether you're a systems administrator or a home user, you need to understand how Linux internals work before you can really master Linux — how it boots, how networking works, how to customize the kernel, and even what hardware to buy.

How Linux Works contains the kind of information normally handed down from wizards—knowledge that comes from years of experience doing things the hard way. But instead of seeking the right incantation to make your system work, you can read How Linux Works to see how to administer Linux and why each particular technique works.

This book covers such need-to-know topics as:
–How Linux boots, with coverage of boot loaders and init
–How networking, interfaces, firewalls, and servers work
–How development tools and shared libraries work
–How the kernel manages devices, device drivers, and processes, and how to build a custom kernel
–How the Linux printing system works, with sections on cups, filters, and Ghostscript
–How shell scripts work

With its combination of background theory and real-world examples, How Linux Works will show you how to run your system instead of having your system run you.
Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993. He is the author of The Linux Kernel-HOWTO, The Book of VMware (No Starch Press), and The Linux Problem Solver (No Starch Press).
Title:How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.18 × 7.02 × 0.94 inPublished:May 1, 2004Publisher:No Starch PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1593270356

ISBN - 13:9781593270353


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I thought. Found the book okay, was hoping to get a better understanding of Linux, but covered more of how to perform certain functions and not so much the inner workings.
Date published: 2018-03-27

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Basics
Chapter 2: Devices, Disks, Filesystems, and the Kernel
Chapter 3: How Linux Boots
Chapter 4: Essential System Files, Servers, and Utilities
Chapter 5: Configuring Your Network
Chapter 6: Network Services
Chapter 7: Introduction to Shell Scripts
Chapter 8: Development Tools
Chapter 9: Compiling Software from Source Code
Chapter 10: Maintaining the Kernel
Chapter 11: Configuring and Manipulating Peripheral Devices
Chapter 12: Printing
Chapter 13: Backups
Chapter 14: Sharing Files with Samba
Chapter 15: Network File Transfer
Chapter 16: User Environments
Chapter 17: Buying Hardware for Linux
Chapter 18: Further Directions
Appendix A: Command Classification