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LinuxNovice.org: Book Review: Professional Linux Deployment

Sep 10, 2000, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux books are starting to be a dime a dozen these days. I still remember the days before the 1998 Linux boom when all I could find as far as Linux literature is regarded was the Using Linux book published by Que and O'Reilly's Running Linux, aside from the wonderful online documentation put together by the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). But things are quite different these days. It's pretty much impossible to go to any major bookstore without seeing a few shelves in the computer section exclusively dedicated to Linux books. The only problem I see is that most of them are nothing but the proverbial different shades of gray, since many of those books seem to be aimed only at the new Linux user who has been using Windows all his life."

"Professional Linux Deployment is a little bit different. It assumes that the reader already installed Linux, and it doesn't bother to teach her how to move around the shell, create user accounts or even how to set up a printer for that matter. Instead, the goal of the book is to help you deploy Linux for any of the multiple functions where it excels at (file and printer serving, web and FTP, directory services with LDAP, groupware, database applications...), and when it comes to these issues the authors definitely take their time to provide detailed step-by-step directions on how to install and configure the different packages to the point that in some instances it becomes too repetitive to read the same tar -xzvf [packagename] or instructions on how to compile with make over and over again in different chapters of the book."

"That this book is aimed at business types (or at least the technical people who work for their IT departments) becomes obvious already in chapter 1 (Linux in the Enterprise). Quite a few pages are dedicated to explain what is Linux, its origins, history, some short description of the philosophy behind the open source movement, and a really good discussion of which ones are Linux' strengths and shortcomings. Now, I must say I have read many books, articles and postings on the advantages and disadvantages of open source and Linux in particular, but these pages are by far one of the most objective descriptions I have ever seen. No penguin dogmatism or FUD (fear, uncertainy and doubt) propaganda leaked into these common sensical section. I am pretty sure business reader will definitely like that chapter."

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