"Linux System Administration is not the average ``how-to'' for
the system administrator. Although it addresses some of the
how-to's, it is more of a ``why-to''. The book is divided into 3
parts: Principles, Practicum and Services. Throughout,
administration principles are emphasized, followed by practical
"If you are responsible for your own Linux box at home or at
work, you might let ``Recovery Planning'' slip, but when you are
supporting the work of others in the enterprise, a recovery plan is
essential. Computers will fail. Users will make mistakes. How will
you respond? The authors present the interesting concept of a
rescue partition and an auto-rescue configuration to automate
recovery from some disasters..."
"There are two kinds of computer users: those who do backup, and
those who will. The Backup chapter discusses practical solutions to
the problem. Most computers are on a network today. Networking
Technologies discusses IPv4, IPv6 and related protocols. This
chapter has an extensive reading list.
"Do you have several systems to support? Wish they all had the
same configuration? System Profiles gives good guidance here. This
chapter has the best discussion of disk partitioning theory I have
"Eric S. Raymond, writer of the book's Forward, says in a
review on its back cover, ``This book is a reference for the
experienced Linux administrators and a guide for new ones.'' I
heartily agree and recommend a thorough reading."
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