“With the right knowledge, Linux can be clear and simple to understand. This
book presents the core fundamentals of Linux in a manner that is very logical
and easy to follow.”
—Greg Kurtzer, CTO, Infiscale, Inc.
“Wale continues to do a great job explaining complex information in a straightfor-
ward manner. All newcomers should start their Linux library with this book.”
—Ron Hudson, Senior Field Support Engineer, Intervoice, Inc.
“Wale Soyinka did a stellar job in the fourth edition and he was up for the chal-
lenge of making the fifth edition his own. It is with great pleasure I present the
fifth edition of Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide by Wale Soyinka. This
book barely resembles the 500-odd pages written nine years ago in the first edi-
tion, and it is without hesitation that I say his new words are for the better.”
—From the Foreword by Steve Shah, original author of
Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide
n October 5, 1991, Linus Torvalds posted this message to the news-
Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1, when men were men and
wrote their own device drivers? Are you without a nice project and
just dying to cut your teeth on an OS you can try to modify for
your needs? Are you finding it frustrating when everything works
on minix? No more all-nighters to get a nifty program working?
Then this post might be just for you :-)
Linus went on to introduce the first cut of Linux to the world. Unbeknownst to
him, he had unleashed what was to become one of the world’s most popular and
disruptive operating systems. Seventeen years later, an entire industry has grown
up around Linux. And chances are, you’ve probably already used it (or benefitted
from it) in one form or another!
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
A part of the title of this book reads “A Beginner’s Guide”; this is mostly apt.
But what th