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Help Net Security: Linux System Administration - A User's Guide [Book Review]

Oct 06, 2001, 22:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...The book consists of 26, easy to follow chapters. From the very first chapter, Introduction, to the last, 26th, Performance Monitoring and Tuning, the reader is guided through the ever expanding world of Linux, and system administration. It is written in a quite clear fashion, so no misunderstandings or even worse, no 'mystical' explanations exist in it. What could be worse than a book filled with foggy explanations of this and that? This book is, as expected, quite opposite. But, let me fill you with some tehnical tidbits concerning it, and by the time we reach the end of this review, you'll be able to make some conclusions about the book yourself.

The author does not waste too much time in bringing the reader up to speed with Linux history, and some typical Unix vs Linux debates. You're introduced to a couple of most popular distributions as well as to some rather useful short information for newbies, such as their installation procedures. This is very useful as the installation itself is usually the stepping stone for many newbies.

As you get further into the book, standard topics for anyone starting with Linux are covered, from a typical installation through commonly used Linux commands, together with practical examples. The author succeeds in that without getting the reader lost in the definitions, finalizing the book with instructions how to set your office jobs with Linux and integration with Windows. Most of the subjects covered also contain little warnings, quick tips or plain facts, not in direct correlation to put it the main text, but interesting. Another fine example of how to make the book interesting."

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