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Linux For Dummies
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Your step-by-step guide to the latest in Linux 

Nine previous editions of this popular benchmark guide can’t be wrong! Whether you’re new to Linux and need a step-by-step guide or are a pro who wants to catch up with recent distributions, Linux For Dummies, 10th Edition has your back. Covering everything from installation to automation, this updated edition focuses on openSUSE and Ubuntu and includes new and refreshed material—as well as chapters on building a web server and creating simple shell scripts. 

In his friendly, no-jargon style, IT professional and tech higher education instructor Richard Blum draws on more than 10 years of teaching to show you just why Linux’s open source operating systems are relied on to run a huge proportion of the world’s online infrastructure, servers, supercomputers, and NAS devices—and how you can master them too.  

  • Study the thinking behind Linux 
  • Choose the right installation approach 
  • Pick up the basics—from prepping to desktops 
  • Get fancy with music, video, movies, and games 
  • Whatever your Linux needs—work, fun, or just a hobby—this bestselling, evergreen guide will get you up and coding in the open source revolution in no time at all.  

     

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    Nine previous editions of this popular benchmark guide can’t be wrong! Whether you’re new to Linux and need a step-by-step guide or are a pro who wants to catch up with recent distributions, Linux For Dummies, 10th Edition has your back. Covering everything from installation to automation, this updated edition focuses on openSUSE and Ubuntu and includes new and refreshed material—as well as chapters on building a web server and creating simple shell scripts. 

    In his friendly, no-jargon style, IT professional and tech higher education instructor Richard Blum draws on more than 10 years of teaching to show you just why Linux’s open source operating systems are relied on to run a huge proportion of the world’s online infrastructure, servers, supercomputers, and NAS devices—and how you can master them too.  

  • Study the thinking behind Linux 
  • Choose the right installation approach 
  • Pick up the basics—from prepping to desktops 
  • Get fancy with music, video, movies, and games 
  • Whatever your Linux needs—work, fun, or just a hobby—this bestselling, evergreen guide will get you up and coding in the open source revolution in no time at all.  

     

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    Introduction 1

    About This Book 1

    How to Use This Book 2

    Three Presumptuous Assumptions 3

    Icons Used in This Book 4

    Where to Go from Here 4

    Part 1: Getting Your Feet Wet 5

    Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with Linux 7

    Is Free Really Free? 7

    Linux: Revolution or Just Another Operating System? 8

    Anatomy of an Open Source Software Project 11

    GNU who? 11

    Who's in charge of Linux, anyway? 13

    Einstein was a volunteer 13

    Packaging Linux: The Distribution 14

    Core Linux distributions 14

    Specialized Linux distributions 16

    The Linux Live distribution 16

    Chapter 2: Prepping Your Computer for Linux 19

    Preparing to Use Linux and Microsoft Windows Together 22

    Installing a second hard drive 22

    Partitioning an existing drive 23

    Double-Checking Hardware Compatibility 29

    Finally, Finally, Before You Get Started 32

    Disabling the secure boot feature 33

    Creating a boot disk 33

    Chapter 3: Installing Linux 37

    Things to Consider Before You Begin Installation 38

    Installing from Ubuntu Live 39

    Your First Ubuntu Boot 49

    Installing openSUSE 51

    Chapter 4: Examining the GNOME Desktop 61

    The History of GNOME 61

    Breaking Down the GNOME Desktop 62

    Menus, please! 63

    The desktop 67

    Exploring the Activities Overview 69

    The dash 69

    The windows overview area 73

    Working with workspaces 74

    Customizing Your Ride75

    Background 76

    Appearance 76

    Displays77

    Mouse and touchpad 79

    A Closer Look at Accessibility Features 80

    Chapter 5: Examining the KDE Plasma Desktop 83

    The KDE Plasma Desktop 83

    More menus! 85

    The panel 89

    The desktop 91

    Using Widgets 91

    Adding widgets 91

    Getting more widgets 95

    Plasma System Settings 96

    Desktop Folder Settings 97

    Accessibility Settings 98

    Chapter 6: Exploring Alternative Desktops 101

    Spicing Things Up with Cinnamon 101

    History of Cinnamon 102

    Looking at the menu 103

    Changing settings 105

    Adding more spice 106

    Working with MATE 107

    The history of MATE 107

    Looking at the menu 109

    Changing desktop settings 110

    Applets 111

    The Xfce Desktop Interface 112

    History of Xfce 112

    The Whisker menu 113

    Changing Xfce settings115

    Applets 116

    Part 2: Getting Up to Speed with Linux 119

    Chapter 7: Getting to Know the Linux Filesystem 121

    Pieces of the Puzzle 121

    Touring the Linux Filesystem 122

    The root of the tree 122

    The importance of being /etc 124

    Where removable media lives 124

    Where the computer is the /usr 125

    Managing Your Filesystem without a Net (or Mouse) 125

    Viewing information about files on the command line 126

    Understanding file listing information 127

    Comprehending file types 129

    Navigating the filesystem in Linux 130

    A Permissions Prime r131

    Checking out the triplets 131

    Beware of owners 133

    Hanging out in groups 133

    Chapter 8: Using the Filesystem 135

    Clicking Your Way Through the Filesystem 135

    Using Files 136

    Setting how much info you see 139

    Creating new directories 140

    Opening files and running programs 140

    Copying and moving files 141

    Deleting files and directories...