Managing Linux hardware and the kernel: Introduction

Hardware management for Linux software requires a particular set of street smarts. Learn the lay of the land and offer this knowledge to your customers.

Managing Hardware and the Kernel -- phase 2

Linux software requires hardware to be useful, and managing that hardware requires its own set of street smarts. Phase 2 focuses on this topic, beginning with low-level hardware configuration in the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) and resolving hardware conflicts. This phase then moves on to Linux utilities for identifying and configuring your hardware, and particularly the Universal Serial Bus (USB), hard disk, and power management subsystems. The kernel is a critical part of the hardware equation, so this phase looks at configuring and compiling the kernel. Finally, this phase concludes with three tasks related to the X Window System (or X for short), Linux's GUI environment.

Use the following table of contents to navigate to chapter excerpts, or click here to view Chapter 2 in its entirety.



Managing Linux hardware and the kernel
  Home: Introduction
 Part 1: Set BIOS Options for Linux: task 2.1
 Part 2: Know the hardware in your computer, task 2.2
 Part 3: Resolve hardware conflicts, task. 2.3
 Part 4: Configure USB devices to Linux, task. 2.4
 Part 5: Configure Linux Disk Drive, task 2.5
 Part 6: Configure and compile a kernel for Linux, task 2.6
 Part 7: Use Linux power management features, task 2.7
 Part 8: Configure X options for Linux, task 2.8
 Part 9: Manage X logins for Linux, task 2.9
 Part 10: Use X for day-to-day operations, task 10
ABOUT THE BOOK:   
Hit the ground running with the street-smart training you'll find in Linux Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to Linux Certification Skills. Using a "year in the life" approach, it gives you an inside look at Linux administration, with key information organized around the actual day-to-day tasks, scenarios, and challenges you'll face in the field. This valuable training tool is loaded with hands-on, step-by-step exercises covering all phases of Linux administration. Purchase the book from Wiley Publishing
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Roderick W. Smith left a career in academia to pursue his passion for computers. He is particularly interested in Linux and Open Source Software, and has written several books.

This was first published in January 2007
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