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UNIX(R) for Dummies » (Revised)

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Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
ISBN-13: 9780764541476, ISBN-10: 0764541471
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: January 2004
Edition: Revised

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Author Biography: John R. Levine

John Levine and Margaret Levine Young are the dynamic For Dummies duo with more than 50 books to their credit, including eight editions of The Internet For Dummies.

Book Synopsis

Administer UNIX on a LAN and use the newest utilities

Understand the UNIX shell, go online with new browser options, and get things doneSo you’re using UNIX these days? Sure, it can be a little tricky, but this friendly guide will lead you through all its peculiarities. Soon you’ll understand the GNOME™ and KDE™ desktops, know the secret names of your Web files, Samba with the file server, and most importantly, know how to sidestep common problems.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Find out which flavor of UNIX you have
  • Manage UNIX on a LAN
  • Handle files and directories for Web sites
  • Build good directory structures
  • Recover missing or damaged files


Gates (CEO, Microsoft Corp.) offers his vision of what lies ahead in the area of new technology and its implications, a history of the Information Age, and projections of how the Information Highway will affect education, business, politics, commerce, and the home. Includes a CD-ROM containing the complete text of the book (why?), multimedia hyperlinks, an interview with Gates, and a World Wide Web browser. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

Pt. IBefore the Beginning7
Ch. 1Log Me In, UNIX!9
Ch. 2What Is UNIX, Anyway?19
Ch. 3A Few Lines on Linux33
Pt. IISome Basic Stuff39
Ch. 4Opening Windows on UNIX41
Ch. 5Files for Fun and Profit77
Ch. 6Directories for Fun and Profit91
Ch. 7The Shell Game103
Ch. 8Where's That File?119
Ch. 9Printing (The Gutenberg Thing)133
Pt. IIIGetting Things Done147
Ch. 10Writing Deathless Prose149
Ch. 11Umpteen Useful UNIX Utilities175
Ch. 12Installing Software Can Be Trickly185
Ch. 13Juggling a Bunch of Programs199
Ch. 14Taming Linux211
Pt. IVUNIX and the Net217
Ch. 15Your Computer Is Not Alone219
Ch. 16Across a Crowded Network229
Ch. 17Automating Your Office Gossip243
Ch. 18Web Surfing for UNIX Users263
Ch. 19Grabbing Files from the Net279
Ch. 20Now Serving the Internet293
Pt. VHelp!303
Ch. 21Disaster Relief305
Ch. 22The Case of the Missing Files311
Ch. 23Some Programs Just Won't Die325
Ch. 24"My Computer Hates Me"331
Pt. VIThe Part of Tens343
Ch. 25Ten Common Mistakes345
Ch. 26Ten Times More Information Than You Want about UNIX351




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