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Linux Journal: Multitool Linux: A Book Review

Jul 12, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

"Multitool Linux aims to present 'practical uses for open-source software'. The book can be divided into five parts. The first part (chapter 1) explains what Linux and free/open-source software are, in general terms. All of the other chapters present one or more tools that solve everyday problems using open-source software.

"The second part of the book deals with system administration issues. Chapters 2-9 and 11-14 explain why and how to set up NAT, IP masquerading, Samba, Intrusion detection tools, WebMail, Apache and department-level web sites. There are also three chapters covering, in great detail, remote computing via VNC, SSH and e-mail consoles. The last topic discusses issuing commands to a remote system via e-mail and receiving the output in the same way, a useful option if one wants to run something on a home PC from behind the office firewall.

Part three (Chapter 15) is titled 'Tools You Should Know', and it is a 15-page overview of basic UNIX tools, such as grep, find, vi, Perl and many more..."

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