Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition describes the ins and outs of working with the latest Linux kernel (2.6) and leading Linux platforms including Red Hat Linux Fedora 4, SuSe, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others. This book is designed to be used by administrators of varying tenures, from novice to veteran. The authors cover installing and configuring Linux, managing files and software, dealing with user rights, bolstering security and more. Chapter 1 deals with a history of Linux, explains the kernel, GNU Public License and general terminology of Linux.
Click here to download Chapter 1, "Technical Summary of Linux Distributions and Windows 2003" excerpted from Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition by Steve Shah and Wale Soyinka (ISBN: 0-07-226259-1). Copyright 2005, McGraw-Hill. All rights reserved.
This was first published in November 2005