Chapter 2Essential System Administration

AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN Ubuntu server install, you might think to yourself, “Now what?” If you are new to Linux administration, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at the steep learning curve you see. For one thing, there are a large number of command-line tools to learn. For another, there are all sorts of configuration files scattered in different locations. Even if you are an experienced Linux administrator but new to Ubuntu, you will find that configuration files might not be quite where you expect, and some programs you are used to might not even exist. In many ways trying a new distribution is like driving a new car. Sure, the car has a steering wheel, a gas pedal, and a brake, but it still takes ...

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