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May 26, 2008

Ubuntu Linux Essentials Online Book

Here is Ubuntu Linux Essentials, an excellent online book hosted by techotopia.com. This book provides everything you need to know for installing, using, and administering an Ubuntu Linux system. Ubuntu Linux Essentials imparts the essential knowledge required to use and maintain an Ubuntu Linux system. From the basics of installation, configuring the desktop and implementing wireless networking through to tasks such as configuring firewalls, setting up a web server and providing remote desktop access via an SSH tunnel, Ubuntu Linux Essentials takes a step by step approach to installing, using and administering Ubuntu Linux.


Table of Contents of Ubuntu Linux Essentials:

  1. Notes from the Author

  2. About Ubuntu Linux Essentials

  3. The History of Ubuntu Linux
    • What Exactly is Linux?
    • Who Created Linux?
    • The History of Ubuntu
    • What does the word "Ubuntu" Mean?

  4. How to Try Ubuntu Linux
    • Try Ubuntu Without Installing it
    • Installing Ubuntu on a Disk Drive Containing Microsoft Windows
    • Performing a Clean Ubuntu Linux Installation

  5. Performing a Clean Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Beginning the Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Creating an Ubuntu Linux User Account/Computer Name
    • Performing the Ubuntu Linux Disk Partitioning and Operating System Installation
    • Booting Ubuntu Linux for the First Time
    • Finding the Migrated Windows Files and Settings

  6. Installing Ubuntu Linux on a Windows System (Dual booting)
    • Beginning the Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Migrating Windows Files and Settings
    • Creating an Ubuntu Linux User Account/Computer Name
    • Performing the Ubuntu Linux Disk Partitioning and Operating System Installation
    • Booting Ubuntu Linux for the First Time
    • Finding the Migrated Windows Files and Settings

  7. Allocating a Windows Partition to Ubuntu Linux
    • Deleting the Windows Partition from the Disk
    • Formatting the Unallocated Disk Partition
    • Editing the Boot Menu
    • Mounting the New Partition

  8. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Wireless Networking
    • Checking for a Wireless Connection
    • Configuring a Wireless Network Connection
    • Using the Ubuntu Linux Network Settings Dialog

  9. Configuring the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background and Themes
    • Changing the GNOME Desktop Background
    • Changing the GNOME Desktop Theme
    • Customizing a Desktop Theme
    • Downloading and Installing Desktop Themes

  10. Customizing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Panels
    • Changing Desktop Panel Properties
    • Adding Items to a GNOME Destop Panel
    • Customizing the Desktop Menus

  11. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Printers
    • Installing a Directly Connected Printer
    • Configuring a Printer Connected to a Windows System
    • Detecting LAN Printers
    • Configuring a Printer Connected to a Remote System

  12. Connecting an Ubuntu Linux System to a DSL Modem
    • Making the Connections
    • Configuring Ubuntu Linux to Connect to a DSL modem
    • Establishing a DSL Connection
    • Disconnecting from a DSL Connection

  13. Updating Ubuntu Linux
    • Notification of Ubuntu Linux Updates
    • The Ubuntu Linux Update Manager

  14. Basic Ubuntu Linux Firewall Configuration
    • Ubuntu Linux Firewall Options
    • Configuring a Basic Ubuntu Linux Firewall
    • Running the lokkit Firewall Tool
    • Understanding the lokkit Firewall Customization Screen

  15. Using Firestarter to Configure an Ubuntu Linux Firewall
    • Installing Firestarter on Ubuntu Linux
    • Running Firestarter
    • Using Firestarter
    • Designing Firewall Policies
    • Defining Inbound Policy
    • Defining Outbound Policy

  16. Managing Ubuntu Linux Users and Groups
    • Adding a User to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Editing the Properties of a User
    • Deleting a User from an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Adding a New Group to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Modifying an Ubuntu Linux Group

  17. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Remote Access using SSH
    • Installing SSH on an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Configuring the Ubuntu Linux Firewall to Allow SSH Connections
    • Using SSH on Ubuntu Linux
    • Copying files using SSH
    • Disabling the SSH Server

  18. Remote Access to the Ubuntu Linux Desktop
    • Activating Remote Desktop Access
    • Accessing a Remote Ubuntu Linux Desktop
    • Accessing a Remote Ubuntu Linux Desktop from a Windows System
    • Establishing a Secure Remote Desktop Session
    • Establishing a Secure Remote Desktop Session from a Windows System
    • Creating Additional Desktops

  19. Displaying Ubuntu Linux Applications Remotely (X11 Forwarding)
    • Requirements for Remotely Displaying Applications
    • Remotely Displaying a Linux Application
    • Trusted X11 Forwarding
    • Compressed X11 Forwarding

  20. Configuring an Ubuntu Linux Based Web Server
    • Requirements for Configuring a Web Server
    • Installing the Apache Web Server on Ubuntu Linux
    • Testing the Web Server
    • Configuring the Apache Web Server for Your Domain
    • Web Server and Firewall Issues

  21. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Linux and UNIX Systems
    • Installing the NFS Services on Ubuntu Linux
    • Setting up Ubuntu Linux Folder Sharing
    • Accessing Ubuntu Linux Shared Folders
    • Mounting an NFS Filesystem on System Startup
    • Unmounting an NFS Mount Point

  22. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Windows Systems
    • Setting Up Ubuntu Linux/Windows File Sharing
    • Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders

  23. Adding a New Disk Drive to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Getting Started
    • Finding the New Hard Drive in Ubuntu
    • Creating Linux Partitions
    • Creating a Filesystem on an Ubuntu Disk Partition
    • Mounting a Filesystem
    • Configuring Fedora to Automatically Mount a Filesystem



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