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III. Programming > 22. Running a Web Server

Chapter 22. Running a Web Server

Chapter 13 of this book put you on a network. It may have been hard work, but the result was quite an accomplishment: your system is now part of a community. If you are connected to the Internet, the next step is to get access to all the riches this medium offers.

On local area networks both for self-contained organizations and the wider Internet, people generally agree that one of the most useful applications is the World Wide Web. We covered browsers in Chapters 3 and 5. One of the exciting things about Linux is that it facilitates setting up your own web server, the topic of this chapter.

The benefits of having a web server on your system are extensive. Not only can you put up documents and serve up information from databases in a manner that people on any system connected to you can view, but you can also run a range of other tools (for system administration, for instance) that allow remote administration of your system.


  

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