In This Chapter
Discovering the web
Understanding a URL
Checking out web servers and web browsers
Taking stock of web browsers for Linux
Web browsing with Mozilla Firefox
I suspect you already know about the web or have been living under a rock for a number of years. However, did you know that the web (or more formally, the World Wide Web) made the Internet what it is today? The Internet’s been around for quite a while, but it didn’t reach the masses until the web came along in 1993.
Before the web was created, you had to use arcane Unix commands to download and use files, which was simply too complicated for most of us. With the web, however, anyone can enjoy the benefits of the Internet by using a web browser — a graphical application that downloads and displays web documents. A click of the mouse is all you need to go from reading a document from your company website to downloading a video clip from across the country.
In this chapter, I briefly describe ...