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Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution
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2 73639 12-23-2006
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100% of reviewers $39.99 9.5

Description: Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution will get you up to speed quickly on Fedora linux, a securely designed Linux distribution that includes a massive selection of free software packages. Fedora is hardened out-of-the-box, easy to install, and extensively customizable -- and this book shows you how to make Fedora work for you.

Fedora Linux takes you deep into essential Fedora tasks and activities by presenting them in easy-to-learn modules. From installation and configuration through advanced topics such as administration, security, and virtualization, this book captures the important details of how Fedora Core works--without the fluff that bogs down other books and help/how-to web sites. Fedora Linux offers a concise task-based approach to teach you how to use Fedora as both a desktop and server operating system.

In this book, you'll learn how to:
  • Install Fedora and perform basic administrative tasks
  • Configure the KDE and GNOME desktops
  • Get power management working on your notebook computer and hop on a wired/wireless network
  • Find, install, and update any of the thousands of packages available for Fedora
  • Perform backups, increase reliability with RAID, and manage your disks with logical volumes
  • Set up a server with file sharing, DNS, DHCP, email, a Web server, and more
  • Work with Fedora's security features including SELinux, PAM, and Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Whether you are running the stable version of Fedora Core or bleeding-edge Rawhide releases, this book has something for every level of user. The modular, lab-based approach not only shows you how things work-but also explains why--and provides you with the answers you need to get up and running with Fedora Linux.

Chris Tyler is a computer consultant and a professor of computer studies at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he teaches courses on Linux and X Window System Administration. He has worked on systems ranging from embedded data converters to Multics mainframes.
Keywords: Fedora install configuration
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-596-52682-2

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Old 11-19-2006, 01:21 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2002
Distribution: Debian Testing
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $39.99 | Rating: 10


I was very interested to read this book. I have had varying levels of results with Fedora Core x and hoped that this would help me to get around the problems I had had.

Unfortunately, it was too general to be of much help. This book faces the same problem every Linux book does: strip away the distro specific trappings and Linux is Linux is Linux.

The install chapter was far too general and didn't actually offer too much advice and guidance on installing the distro. There were excellent sections on Yum and creating RPMs from source, but there were also general Bash programming sections and other sections covered in Rute and other similar books.

If you know of a complete newbie with some computer experience, this book is ideal for them. If you or your friend is an experienced Linux or Fedora user then I would steer clear of this book.

The negative comments aside, the book was very clearly written and the layout was great - every exercise has a lab exercise and an easy to understand "how it works" section.

A good book as an opening to your Linux library, handy to get you over a few hurdles with the distro, less ideal if you already have some Fedora/Red Hat knowledge and a well stocked library.
Old 12-23-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Fedora 26 (Russian RFRemix DVD version)
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Indepth expertise made simple, easy to read, easy reference
Cons: In some places, needs more content,

It is my Fedora bible. From it I learned to bypass the setup defaults to permit me to better configure the hard disk partition for re-installs. It is my bed time reading.

Has nice chapter about fonts and font management, logical volume management (lvm) and a best configuration recommendation.

Grammar, for the best part, was good, without the usual defaults that are demonstrated by American Authors. (He says "I am going to talk to you about xxx" whereas the American authors say "I am going to talk to you on xxx". (I always sat on a chair or on a xxx. The good grammar makes the book easy to follow. I love the labs. These labs reinforce the learning.



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