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Linux Journal: A Book for the Masses

Aug 19, 2001, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Black)
"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, repeat....

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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