Moving to the Next Level

Moving to the Next Level

Post by Arne W Flone » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I've had only minimal problems getting my Slackware Linux box up and
running.  This includes connection to my ISP, automatic download of
e-mail and news so I can read them off-line, successful installation
of sendmail (on the first attempt!), the installation of many programs
and utilities, repartitioning my system across three hard drives for
increased performance, etc.  I am not a newbie to these type of tasks
and, although sometimes frustrated, I was able to solve problems
without too much effort in spite of the fact that I have only been
Linux-aware for less than a year.  My installation is very stable and
extremely reliable.

I work for myself.  Linux figures prominently in my future plans.  I
have great expectations for its and my success.  But, I am still
somewhat uncomfortable with trying new things with it.  I don't have
the confidence that would come from a deeper understanding.

I am very comfortable *using* Linux, it's nearly second nature to me.
Programming is very easy under Linux so that isn't the problem either.
Rather, it is the overall administration of the system and an
understanding of how Linuces and Unices work in a general sense in
which I am interested.  I want to feel as good about administrating my
installation as I do about using it.  Doing my job correctly means
making rational, informed decisions based on knowledge, not on trial
and error.

I have what is becoming an extensive library on UNIX/Linux, including
the Man pages and the complete LDP references, but no one book puts it
all together.  The newbie books tend to concentrate on naive,
mechanistic installation issues and day-to-day OS use rather than
providing a deeper understanding of the OS and its administration.
I'm considering "Essential System Administration" by Aeleen Frisch
-- O'Reilly.  Is this a volume that puts it all together?

I want the whole enchilada now.  Where do I find the key to the

Arne W. Flones

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1. taking it to the next level

well after weeks of reading and cramming, i finally worked-out all the
problems on my linux+windows LAN. I can now share internet access and all
that good stuff. Now i would like install/setup a diskless linux client
 i'll boot the client trhough the floppy drive...the only drive on the
machine) and in theory the linux server would send the GUI and everything
else to the client console, generally speaking of course. Time for the
questions:  Have any of you in this NG attempted to do this? and what where
the results? Where did you find the documentation to guide you? ( i've read
through the how-to but i would like to have third party documentation, if
available. )

As with most other things i'm sure that this project will involve a lot of
trial & error
which will probably teach me more than any book available.....

Ruben Ortiz


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