Managing Running Services

After looking at the lengthy process lists in the preceding sections, you might be wondering just what most of the listed processes actually are. Even though Fedora Core 4 is intended to be a desktop-oriented operating system, many of these pro cesses are system and network services of the sort that servers typically offer. In the Unix world, even desktops often need to perform server-oriented tasks such as accepting remote logins or transferring files across the network.

As Linux operates, some of the services it offers are running and others aren't. The default set of services running at any given time is determined by the system's current runlevel. A Linux system is always at a specific runlevel; available runlevels ...

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