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informIT: Linux Administration and Configuration for the Novell CLE Exam

Nov 14, 2004, 05:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Recall from earlier discussions that Linux is a multiuser operating system. When you installed your SUSE Linux server, you created two users: root and student. You could also create many other users. Depending on how the system is utilized, you could even have dozens or even hundreds of users.

"This is a very powerful aspect of Linux, but it also presents some problems. Suppose you have four users on your system--root, Kimberly, Josh, and Jessica--and each user had full access to all the files on the system. Kimberly uses the Linux system to edit digital video, which involves using very large files. Josh uses the system to prepare reports and spreadsheets--very small files in comparison to Kimberly's..."

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