Help Net Security: Linux System Administration - A User's Guide [Book Review]
Oct 06, 2001, 22:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aleksandar Stancin)
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"...The book consists of 26, easy to follow chapters.
From the very first chapter, Introduction, to the last, 26th,
Performance Monitoring and Tuning, the reader is guided through the
ever expanding world of Linux, and system administration. It is
written in a quite clear fashion, so no misunderstandings or even
worse, no 'mystical' explanations exist in it. What could be worse
than a book filled with foggy explanations of this and that? This
book is, as expected, quite opposite. But, let me fill you with
some tehnical tidbits concerning it, and by the time we reach the
end of this review, you'll be able to make some conclusions about
the book yourself.
The author does not waste too much time in bringing the reader
up to speed with Linux history, and some typical Unix vs Linux
debates. You're introduced to a couple of most popular
distributions as well as to some rather useful short information
for newbies, such as their installation procedures. This is very
useful as the installation itself is usually the stepping stone for
As you get further into the book, standard topics for anyone
starting with Linux are covered, from a typical installation
through commonly used Linux commands, together with practical
examples. The author succeeds in that without getting the reader
lost in the definitions, finalizing the book with instructions how
to set your office jobs with Linux and integration with Windows.
Most of the subjects covered also contain little warnings, quick
tips or plain facts, not in direct correlation to put it the main
text, but interesting. Another fine example of how to make the book