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Linux Journal: Red Hat Linux 6 in Small Business

Jul 08, 2000, 13:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Dunne)

"Well, out of all the books I've reviewed for Linux Journal, this is the one with which I was least satisfied. As a writer myself, I take no great pleasure in having to criticize another's work. But in this instance, I must. This is not a fat book--and there's nothing wrong with that, too many computer books are padded out--but, unfortunately in this instance, the lean has been cut away with the fat."

"After the first chapter, on installing Red Hat, we move to chapter 2, "Navigating Linux", a straightforward although somewhat brief introduction to the shell. It is brief at least partly because, to quote the authors, "this book relies heavily on the use of the graphical X interface". This is an unwise dependence. The command line is not an optional alternative. There is no unified graphical interface to administering a Linux box; it's command line or bust. Sugaring the pill in the way our authors attempt to do simply does not work."

"In conclusion, this book is unsatisfactory. It is too sketchy, tries to cover too much ground, and is short on detailed, hands-on demonstrations of what to do. There is no clear focus and, as a result, the book fails to be either a detailed technical resource for system administrators or a decent introduction to Linux as a server OS for the less experienced."

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