The Linux Networking Overview HOWTO

“The purpose of this document is to give an overview of the
networking capabilities of the Linux operating system. Although one
of the strengths of Linux is that plenty of information exists for
nearly every component of it, most of this information is focused
on implementation. New Linux users, particularly those coming from
a Windows environment, are often unaware of the networking
possibilities of Linux. This document aims to show a general
picture of such possibilities with a brief description of each one
and pointers for further information. The information has been
gathered from many sources: HOWTOs, faqs, projects’ web pages and
my own hands-on experience. Full credit is given to the authors of
these other sources. Without them and their programs this document
would have not been possible or necessary.”

Table of contents:

1. Introduction

2. Linux.

2.1 What is Linux?
2.2 What makes Linux different?

3. Networking protocols

3.1 TCP/IP
3.2 TCP/IP version 6
3.4 AppleTalk Protocol Suite
3.5 WAN Networking: X.25, Frame-relay, etc…
3.6 ISDN
3.8 Amateur Radio
3.9 ATM

4. Networking hardware supported

5. File Sharing and Printing

5.1 Apple environment
5.2 Windows Environment
5.3 Novell Environment
5.4 Unix Environment

6. Internet/Intranet

6.1 Mail
6.2 Web Servers
6.3 Web Browsers
6.4 FTP Servers and clients
6.5 News service
6.6 Domain Name System
6.7 DHCP, bootp
6.8 NIS
6.9 Authentication

7. Remote execution of applications

7.1 Telnet
7.2 Remote commands
7.3 The X Window System
7.4 VNC

8. Network Interconnection

8.1 Router
8.2 Bridge
8.3 IP Masquerade
8.4 IP Accounting
8.5 IP aliasing
8.6 Traffic Shaping
8.7 Firewall
8.8 Port forwarding
8.9 Load Balancing
8.10 EQL
8.11 Proxy Server
8.12 Diald on demand
8.13 Tunnelling, mobile IP and virtual private networks

9. Network Management

9.1 Network management applications
9.2 SNMP

10. Enterprise Linux Networking

10.1 High Availability
10.2 RAID
10.3 Redundant networking

11. Sources of Information

12. Acknowledgements and disclaimer

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