"I know from personal experience that Linux administrators come
from all walks of life. A Linux admin can be a precocious teenager
enthralled with the wonders of technology, or a secretary in a
small office with newly expanded job duties, or someone just
looking to improve themselves for a better job."
"Where to start? The truth of the matter is that professionals
in this field today probably own the big Linux books, but it wasn't
these books that helped them when they first started learning their
craft. Today's successful administrators had someone called a
mentor. Someone to SHOW them how to configure a Unix system. This
is how many admins learned their trade."
"This guide should help you get started in the basics of
small office system Linux administration. We'll go step by step:
setting up the network interface connection, creating user
accounts, and then some simple package installation. Once these are
configured, you can then consult the really big books."