|point the differences between various LINUX distributions. For example, what is the root structure, or the etc/ structure, how does the system start, and so on..
One good resource is Linux From Scratch which teaches you how to go from bare-nothing to a working linux system.
Basically you have the kernel, which is started up (booted). Then it calls "init"( there are a few variations) which goes into /etc/rc.d or /etc/init.d and runs a series of startup scripts in a prescribed order. Those take the machine through the various run-levels, single-user,multi-user,multi-user-w-network, X windows.
There also is a set of perl utilities call Perl Power Tools, that emulate all the basic c system commands. Check them out at PPT
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