While you might not be able to tell at a cursory glance, a lot has changed behind the scenes on a modern Ubuntu system. For example, did you know Ubuntu is phasing out System V init? That you can’t loopback-mount the initrd? In this talk Kyle discusses the current changes Ubuntu is making to what we might consider the traditional Linux system. There’s a little something for everyone on the talk. For Linux newbies who are curious about what’s under the hood Kyle covers the traditional and modern boot process including how init works followed up by a guide to where important files are in Ubuntu. For the experienced Linux user I’ll show you how (and why) things have changed and where you can look now when you want to, for instance, change the default runlevel on an Ubuntu system.
Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet Inc.; the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group; the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks; and a contributer to a number of other O’Reilly books. Rankin is a columnist for Linux Journal, has written for PC Magazine, TechTarget websites and other publications. He speaks frequently on Open Source software including at OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon. and a number of Linux Users’ Groups.
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