Organization of this document
This guide is part of the Linux Documentation Project and aims
to be the foundation for all other materials that you can get from
the Project. As such, it provides you with the fundamental
knowledge needed by anyone who wants to start working with a Linux
system, while at the same time it tries to consciously avoid
re-inventing the hot water. Thus, you can expect this book to be
incomplete and full of links to sources of additional information
on your system, on the Internet and in your system
The first chapter is an introduction to the subject on Linux;
the next two discuss absolute basic commands. Chapters 4 and 5
discuss some more advanced but still basic topics. Chapter 6 is
needed for continuing with the rest, since it discusses editing
files, an ability you need to pass from Linux newbie to Linux user.
The following chapters discuss somewhat more advanced topics that
you will have to deal with in everyday Linux use.
All chapters come with exercises that will test your
preparedness for the next chapter.
Chapter 1: What is Linux, how did it
come into existence, advantages and disadvantages, what does the
future hold for Linux, who should use it, installing your
Chapter 2: Getting started,
connecting to the system, basic commands, where to find help.
Chapter 3: The filesystem, important
files and directories, managing files and directories, protecting
Chapter 4: Understanding and managing
processes, boot and shutdown procedures, postponing tasks,
Chapter 5: What are standard input,
output and error and how are these features used from the command
Chapter 6: Why you should learn to
work with an editor, discussion of the most common editors.
Chapter 7: Configuring your
graphical, text and audio environment, settings for the non-native
English speaking Linux user, tips for adding extra software.
Chapter 8: Converting files to a
printable format, getting them out of the printer, hints for
solving print problems.
Chapter 9: Preparing data to be
backed up, discussion of various tools, remote backup.
Chapter 10: Overview of Linux
networking tools and user applications, with a short discussion of
the underlying service daemon programs and secure networking.
Chapter 11: Sound and video,
including Voice over IP and sound recording is discussed in this
Appendix A: Which books to read and
sites to visit when you have finished reading this one.
Appendix B: A comparison.
Appendix C: If you ever get stuck, these
tables might be an outcome. Also a good argument when your boss
insists that YOU should use HIS favorite shell.
Appendix D: What you can do with this
guide, from the legal perspective.