"Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide, Second
Edition, is a librarian's nightmare. It's written for the Windows
refugee or administrator who's in the position of having the
opportunity to learn something about Linux. Like many introductory
computer books, it's invariably of use to those of us who
occasionally need a quick reference to some of the more obscure
flags in command lines. In sum, there's something in it for pretty
much anyone who has any kind of interest in running/testing/trying
our esteemed OS.
Because of the variety and scope of its contents, this book is
wont to have bent pages; the writing is fluid enough to be read
over coffee or, even worse, a full meal. Think of the assortment of
crumbs, coffee stains and greasy thumbprints. It's even good enough
to get swiped from the shelves, replaced, borrowed, swiped again,
Steve Shah has a gift of making the technically detailed (but
readability-inhibited) contents of the LDP quite accessible to both
Linux newbie and Gnubie. He has broken down the tasks of a new
Linux installation, server configuration, networking and all the
other lovely menagerie of system administration tasks into a
logical series of events that need to happen for a smoothly running
Linux system to be born."
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