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Chapter 2. Introduction

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Choosing a Linux Distribution

Linux 2.2.0, released 25-Jan-99: Onwards to World Domination...

Perhaps you are fairly new to Linux and were hoping to find a summary of the kinds of configuration and administrative tasks that may be required of you from time to time. If this sounds like you, perhaps this document is just what you've been looking for!

Scope

This documentation will attempt to summarize the installation and configuration, as well as the day-to-day administrative and maintenance procedures that should be followed to keep a Linux-based server or desktop system up and running. It is geared to an audience of both corporate as well as home users. It is not intended to be a full overview of Unix operations, as there are several good texts available as well as on-line documentation which can be referred to in cases where more detailed information is required.

In general, your Linux system can operate with a minimum of user maintenance. Routine tasks, such as rotating and discarding of system logs, are automated. Therefore, for the most part, even with very little user intervention, Linux will hum along doing its job. However, in cases of custom needs or system failure this documentation may prove useful.

I currently use Linux both at home and at my place of employment. It has served me well, and has worked as a reliable Internet and file/print service for my employer for over four years now.