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Linuxiso.org: Setting Up a Linux Intranet Server Visual Black Book [Book Review]

Jan 16, 2001, 22:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Graven)

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"A certain book company made a fortune off a certain notion. Namely that people are, at least at some point in their computing lives, terrified of the machines and willing to be patronised and almost insulted in terms of their intelligence, in order to have things explained to them as simply as possible. This company later found a second sub-set of people; those who DID know something about computers, in fact some people who were genuinely gifted with years of experience and skill at a certain skillset, but who, when faced with a new technology, just wanted to be able to get a first-grade-reading-level simple text so that they could get their bearings and some starting point to learn a new skill. It turned out to be a Very Good Idea."

"Setting up a Linux Intranet Server" is a neat book, because it takes as its premise that you wish to set up a Linux intranet server, but have never done so before. I have seen several books for the SoHo market on this topic, but these 232 pages of text (a surprisingly slender volume) are extremely goal-oriented and written to get you from point A to point B as quickly as possible. It is written for a more advanced person in the first category, and definitely the second category of person as described above, but it doesn't have a title that suggests the author is clueless, so you can safely put this on your work bookshelf. Although geared for the home intranet user, this could be used as a starting point or just a "rats, I forget the command for doing this" reference for those brain-fade days for more advanced uses. The requirement for this book is RedHat. Sorry, this is not a generic book. They do however, mention others, and explain why they chose RedHat - namely, that it's the most popular distro out there with the most support. Sounds fair. I also have the nitpicky complaint that they make sure you use NE2000 compatible ethernet cards rather than suggesting all hardware be checked with the HCL, but again, these are nitpicking details."

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