The first barrier that a new Linux user has to face is the overwhelming number of flavors that this operating system has. These flavors are commonly known as distros (from distribution), and to date there are more than three hundred active distros to choose from. So, how to choose one? You can choose the most popular at the moment, or take heed of what your friend says, but are you sure that this is the one that you need? Making the wrong decision on this matter is behind a good number of disappointments with this operating system. You need to choose the distro that is right for you and your needs. Introducing Linux Distros teaches you the pros and the cons of the most frequently used distros in order to find the one that is right for you. You will explore each distro step by step, so that you dont have to endure hours of web surfing, countless downloads, becoming confused by new concepts and, in the worst cases, reading complex and marathon installation guides. You will benefit from the authors long-term experience working with each distro hands on, enabling you to choose the best distro for your long-term needs. Linux offers us a wonderful open source alternative to proprietary software, and using Introducing Linux Distros you can decide how to best make it work for you. Start exploring the open source world today. Jose Dieguez Castro is a senior systems administrator, currently working as a freelance consultant. Joe has worked on a wide range of projects, from small to large infrastructures in both the private and public sector. When he is asked about his specialty, he answers: To get the job done. He also likes to think of himself as a developer who cares too much about free software. Photography, sports, music, and reading are the way he frees his mind from work.
Use Linux containers as an alternative virtualization technique to virtualize your operating system environment. This book will cover LXCs unmatched flexibility with virtualization and LXDs smooth user experience. Practical LXC and LXD begins by introducing you to Linux containers (LXC and LXD). You will then go through use cases based on LXC and LXD. Next, you will see the internal workings of LXC and LXD by considering the repositories and templates used. You will then learn how to integrate LXC and LXD with common virtualization and orchestration tools such as libvirt and SaltStack. Finally, you will dive into containerization and security. The book will explore some of the common problems in security and provide a case study on how containerization can help mitigate some of the operating system-level security issues in an IoT environment. What You Will Learn Get an introduction to Linux containers Discover the basics of LXC and LXD See use cases that can be solved with LXC and LXD - for developers, devops, and system administrators Master LXC and LXD repositories Use LXC and LXD with common virtualization and orchestration tools Consider a containerization and security in IoT case study Who This Book Is For The audience for this book should have basic knowledge of Linux and software development in general. The intended readership is primarily software developers, operations engineers, and system administrators who are interested in devops, though managers and enthusiasts will also benefit from this book. Senthil Kumaran S, popularly called stylesen on the Internet, is from Chennai, India, and is currently working as a LAVA Software Engineer for Linaro Ltd., in Cambridge, UK. He is a free software enthusiast and contributes to many free open source software projects. He is a Full Committer of the Apache Subversion version control system project and a Project Management Committee (PMC) member at Apache Software Foundation. As a Debian Maintainer, Senthil maintains packages such as django-compat and many Linaro Automated Validation Architecture (LAVA)-related packages for the Debian operating system. He has previously authored the book Open Source in the Tamil language. Senthil has contributed many articles to Linux For You magazine and is a regular speaker at various technical events. He holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India, and a masters degree in Software Systems from Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, India.