Linux in easy steps, 4th edition


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SKU: 9781840783513

By Mike McGrath

Publication: January 11, 2008
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-351-3

New edition now available, see Linux in easy steps, 5th edition 

About the book

Begun as a small-scale labor of love, Linux has blossomed into the world’s most versatile and flexible operating system. The reasons for its appeal are manifold: This open source OS allows numerous users to simultaneously work with multiple applications without experiencing any traffic problems, thus making it an ideal operating system for web servers. In addition, Linux is an extremely stable operating system that serves as a platform for an ever-growing number of quality applications. And not least, it’s free! You can download it for nothing from the Internet.

With Linux in easy steps, joining the Linux Revolution is as easy as one, two, three. Following its simple instructions, you can learn to install the operating system, explore the desktop, and launch great applications. This fully illustrated primer teaches you to climb the Linux directory tree, navigate with the File Browser, and much more. Its easy-to-understand tutorials guide you through the OpenOffice business suite and media applications that let you enjoy the web, music, video, and graphics. Later chapters show you how to use the Linux shell to communicate directly with the kernel at the very heart of the operating system, allowing you total control over your Linux system.

Linux in easy steps opens the door to a whole new world of digital possibilities!


About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.



  1. Getting started
  2. Exploring the desktop
  3. Touring the filesystem
  4. Running office applications
  5. Running media applications
  6. Commanding the shell
  7. Handling files in the shell
  8. Performing shell operations
  9. Networking with the shell
  10. Command reference


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