Chapter 1. Introduction to Linux

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux! There is no need to fear Linux, as users often did in Linux's infancy. During those early days of Linux, it took a dedicated and determined hacker to get Linux installed and running. Today, however, any PC user—from a weekend user to a power user—can install a copy of Linux and reap its rewards within a couple of hours. This book provides you with the knowledge to exploit Linux's power.

Hacker Denotations

The term hacker, as previously used, describes a person who wants to know absolutely everything about a system and is committed to that goal. The term hacker is sometimes used synonymously with cracker.

A cracker is someone who breaks the security on a computer system. The ...

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