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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Good supplementary info for the aspiring sysadmin
Not everyone will find this one useful
Linux Server Hacks is split up into 100 tips for Linux administrators.
These are split into a number of sections :
- Server Basics (22 hacks)
- Revision Control (14 hacks)
- Backups (8 hacks)
- Networking (9 hacks)
- Monitoring (12 hacks)
- SSH (6 hacks)
- Scripting (4 hacks)
- Information Servers (DNS/Apache/MySQL/ftp) (25 hacks)
Some of these are simple tips (e.g. swap standard output and standad error). Others build up to more substantial topics (e.g. the revision control section covers all the basics of RCS and CVS).
The book assumes a basic level of Linux knowledge, but the instructions and explanations are clear. Commands and outputs are shown when needed.
As the title suggests, this isn't a comprehensive administration guide, and certainly isn't meant to be. I think most Linux people will find some new and interesting information.
The book is geared to be practical so, where information is new, it is probably things that anyone managing a Linux network of any size will find themselves making good use of the information.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
This book has a few useful hacks that are well worth the price of the book. For example, the hack on 'hdparm' helped me increase my disk throughput 400%. This is an excellent book for any one with little Linux experience.
The book assumes you have some linux experience, thus not for the newbie; should have a little experience and knowledge of basic commands
This book contains information that could take some one a long time to learn the hard way. It will get your system up to speed and teach you some cool commands along the way.