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Linuxcare: Book Review: Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed

Oct 22, 1999, 17:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Dinh)

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"Weighing in at a hefty four and a half pounds and spanning 1200+ pages, Sams Publishing's Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed takes the kitchen sink approach to computer books. Starting with a quick walk-through on installing Red Hat 6 and ending with programming chapters covering tcl/tk, Python, and Java, Linux Unleashed tries to do it all. Does it succeed? This all depends on what you're looking for in a Linux book."

"Linux Unleashed is divided into four sections: Introduction and Installation of Red Hat Linux; Configuring Services; Systems Administration and Management; and Programming in Linux. For the most part, this is a logical way of breaking up the topics. However, there seems to be a glaring gap between the first two sections. After showing the readers how to install Red Hat 6, Linux Unleashed jumps right into setting up network services. An introduction to text editors and basic shell commands between the two sections would help Linux and UNIX newbies greatly."

"Introduction and Installation of Red Hat Linux," is the shortest section of the book. Its chapters cover the installation process, LILO, X Windows, and Window Managers. Overall, this is a good guide to installing Red Hat 6 if you're a Linux newbie or have experience with UNIX, but not Linux. If you already have a decent amount of experience with Linux, you can get away with skipping this section. It would have been nice if they'd included a section on getting Linux to dual boot with another OS."

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