Chapter 1

Browsing the Web

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Surfing the web and working with URLs

check Checking out web servers and web browsers

check Taking stock of web browsers for Linux

check Web browsing with Mozilla Firefox

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 a set of 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 watching a video clip housed on a server thousands of miles away.

In this chapter, I briefly describe the web and introduce Mozilla Firefox — the primary web browser (and, for that matter, mail and newsreader, too) in most Linux distributions.

remember Many other web browsers are available, ...

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