This manual introduces the basic concepts of system security on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. It covers extensive documentation about the authentication mechanisms available on Linux, such as NIS or LDAP. It also deals with aspects of local security like access control lists, encryption and intrusion detection. In the network security part you learn how to secure your computers with firewalls and masquerading, and how to set up virtual private networks (VPN). This manual also shows you how to make use of the product's inherent security software like AppArmor (which lets you specify per program which files the program may read, write, and execute) or the auditing system that reliably collects information about any security-relevant events.
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We provide HTML and PDF versions of our books in different languages. The following manuals for users and administrators are available for this product:
KDE User Guide,(↑KDE User Guide)
Introduces the KDE desktop of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. It guides you through using and configuring the desktop and helps you perform key tasks. It is intended mainly for users who want to make efficient use of KDE as their default desktop.
GNOME User Guide,(↑GNOME User Guide)
Introduces the GNOME desktop of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. It guides you through using and configuring the desktop and helps you perform key tasks. It is intended mainly for end users who want to make efficient use of GNOME desktop as their default desktop.
Application Guide,(↑Application Guide)
Learn how to use and configure key desktop applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. This guide introduces browsers and e-mail clients as well as office applications and collaboration tools. It also covers graphics and multimedia applications.
Deployment Guide,(↑Deployment Guide)
Shows how to install single or multiple systems and how to exploit the product inherent capabilities for a deployment infrastructure. Choose from various approaches, ranging from a local installation or a network installation server to a mass deployment using a remote-controlled, highly-customized, and automated installation technique.
Administration Guide,(↑Administration Guide)
Covers system administration tasks like maintaining, monitoring, and customizing an initially installed system.
Introduces basic concepts of system security, covering both local and network security aspects. Shows how to make use of the product inherent security software like AppArmor (which lets you specify per program which files the program may read, write, and execute), and the auditing system that reliably collects information about any security-relevant events.
System Analysis and Tuning Guide,(↑System Analysis and Tuning Guide)
An administrator's guide for problem detection, resolution and optimization. Find how to inspect and optimize your system by means of monitoring tools and how to efficiently manage resources. Also contains an overview of common problems and solutions, and of additional help and documentation resources.
Virtualization with Xen,(↑Virtualization with Xen)
Offers an introduction to virtualization technology of your product. It features an overview of the various fields of application and installation types of each of the platforms supported by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as well as a short description of the installation procedure.
In addition to the comprehensive manuals, several quick start guides are available:
KDE Quick Start,(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Gives a short introduction to the KDE desktop and some key applications running on it.
GNOME Quick Start,(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Gives a short introduction to the GNOME desktop and some key applications running on it.
LibreOffice.org Quick Start,(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Gives a short introduction into the LibreOffice suite and its modules for writing texts, working with spreadsheets, or creating graphics and presentations.
Installation Quick Start,(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Lists the system requirements and guides you step-by-step through the installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from DVD, or from an ISO image.
Gives a short overview how to enable and configure the auditing system and how to execute key tasks such as setting up audit rules, generating reports, and analyzing the log files.
Helps you understand the main concepts behind AppArmor®.
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/etc/passwd: directory names and filenames
placeholder: replace placeholder with the actual value
PATH: the environment variable PATH
ls, --help: commands, options, and parameters
user: users or groups
Alt, Alt+F1: a key to press or a key combination; keys are shown in uppercase as on a keyboard
, : menu items, buttons
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