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The Official Ubuntu Server Book

Aug 07, 2009, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"After a brief introduction the author gets right down to business with chapter one covering installation. The discussion on special directories will be very helpful to anyone taking on Linux for the first time, especially someone coming over from the Windows world. There's also a good discussion of various server roles and which options you might want to select.

"Chapter Two and Five will be where most owners of this book will use up their page marker stickies. If there's anything that intimidates a newbie system administrator, it has to be the command line. Once you get over the fear hump you'll find the logical arrangement of directories and use of configuration files pretty easy to understand. You'll also find yourself referring back to specific pages in the book to make sure you get the syntax of a particular command right.

"Getting a good handle on the command line is what Chapter Two is all about. It presents the most common commands you'll need to perform basic administration tasks with and when you might need them. It also includes a concise discussion of the boot process and what a system administrator needs to know about it."

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