If you have a LAN at work or home, install Linux on a PC and add it to your network. That Linux computer can act as a file server, printer server, Web server, or as a router and firewall between your LAN and Internet connection. I tried to create procedures in the Red Hat Linux 8 Bible to put these powerful features in people's hands as quickly as possible.
What are your plans for the future? Any exciting new projects?
I'm working on a book called "Linux Toys" that's due to come out in the Fall. I'm co-authoring the book with my friend Chuck Wolber. The book will contain lots of cool projects you can build with an old PC, spare parts and free software. We're having a lot of fun putting this book together!
Where do you see Linux in 5 years?
Quite honestly, I believe it will be most everywhere. Linux is already being built into all kinds of devices, from PDAs to Tivo video recorders. Linux continues to make a strong case as a server operating system. As more high-quality applications are developed for (or made to run in) Linux, I think it will advance into the desktop market as well.
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