In this book we look at how to get hold of Linux and how to install it on a PC or Mac, or in a virtual environment. We look at how it works and how you can achieve great things and take command of its features and options. Before long, you’ll be mastering Linux and diving deeper into open source.
Don’t worry if the thought of Linux sounds too much to take on board. Armed with this book, you can comfortably get to grips with how everything works, and how you can make it work for you. We show you how you can navigate the filesystem, manage the desktop, use the many wonderful features and install more open source software.
Those with a bit more Linux knowledge can learn how to extend their skills within the pages of this book. We take you deeper into the command line, where things really start to become interesting; and you can learn how to create Bash scripts, automate tasks and even become anonymous online. You can soon learn how to peel back the layers of Linux, and configure it.
We take things a step further in the last third of this book, showing you how to build your own Linux distro using Arch Linux as the base. You can work from the command line, partition a hard drive and format it, download and install the core Linux files and eventually configure it with a Desktop Environment. Then together with software you can make it a complete bespoke operating system.