Managing Linux Network Settings
In this chapter, you will learn about
• Understanding IP networks
• Configuring network addressing parameters
• Troubleshooting network problems
• Understanding network-based filesystems
Up to this point in the book, we have focused on configuring and using Linux as a stand-alone computer system. However, Linux can also be configured to function in a networked environment. Unlike many operating systems, Linux was designed from the ground up with networking in mind.
One of Linux’s greatest features is that most any distribution can be configured to fill a wide variety of roles on the network—all for little or no cost. For example, one can configure a Linux system as any of the following: