Ubuntu and Networking

Chances are that your network card was configured during the installation of Ubuntu. You can however, use the ifconfig command at the shell prompt or Ubuntu's graphical network configuration tools, such as network-admin, to edit your system's network device information or to add or remove network devices on your system. Hundreds of networking commands and utilities are included with Ubuntufar too many to cover in this chapter and more than enough for coverage in two or three volumes.

Nearly all ethernet cards can be used with Linux, along with many PCMCIA wired and wireless network cards. The great news is that many USB wireless network devices also work just fine with Linux, and more will be supported with upcoming versions of the Linux kernel. Check the Linux USB Project at http://www.linux-usb.org/ for the latest developments or to verify support for your device.

After reading this chapter, you might want to learn more about other graphical network clients for use with Linux. The GNOME ethereal client, for example, can be used to monitor all traffic on your LAN or specific types of traffic. Another client, NmapFE, can be used to scan a specific host for open ports and other running services.

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