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What Is Included/Omitted

Given that there are thousands of software packages to choose from, almost all of which do something useful, it was a foregone conclusion that I couldn't cover everything. Or even most of everything. I decided what to include, and what to leave out, based on my opinion of what a fundamental Linux skill set should include. (You may have different ideas.) I included programs that I consider to be the best-of-breed, such djbdns, GRUB, Apache 2, vim, and Postfix. And I didn't neglect old standbys like LILO and BIND.

You'll find some excellent, innovative scripts for:

  • Adding users in batches

  • Changing passwords in batches

  • Finding all the installed documentation for a program

  • Finding orphaned libraries on RPM-based systems, and adding them to the RPM database

I decided not to include productivity and desktop applications, like Open Office, KMail, Firefox, Konqueror, the Gimp, GnuCash, and so forth. This book is about building infrastructure. Once you master the fundamentals of running and maintaining a Linux system, it will take you anywhere you want to go.

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