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Linux source code is freely available to everyone, and Linux is therefore often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to more expensive operating systems. The Linux operating system may be used as an end-user platform as well as for a wide variety of other purposes, including networking and software development. By virtue of its functionality and availability, Linux has become quite popular. As a result, students around the world have been seeking Linux education. This book is a guide to setting up a complete Linux environment on which to learn about the various Web technologies. As you move through the text and the accompanying labs, you will build a system replete with a database management system, a Web server, and server-side Java. And you’ll understand how it all works. Because the whole system is based on Linux, that wonder of the open-source era, everything you learn here is applicable to any platform on which Linux will run. These platforms include Apple hardware, Intel and Intel-compatible hardware, and, of course, the eServer iSeries by IBM. Each chapter contains hands on labs to reinforce your understanding of just how powerful Linux is.

Linux background and strategies
Various distributions of Linux
Linux installation
Linux configuration
Available documentation and finding it