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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (18 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519021
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Hobson

Jonathan Hobson is a web developer, systems engineer, and applications programmer, who, for more than 20 years, has been working behind the scenes to support companies, organizations, and individuals around the world to realize their digital ambitions. With an honors degree in both English and History and as a respected practitioner of many computer languages, Jonathan enjoys writing code, publishing articles, building computers, playing video games, and getting out and about in the big outdoors. He has been using CentOS since its inception and over the years, it has not only earned his trust, but it has become his first choice server solution. CentOS is a first class community-based enterprise class operating system, and it is a pleasure to work with, and because of this Jonathan has written this book in order for his knowledge and experience to be passed on to others.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mortlake on 7 Nov. 2013
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I like the workbook format. It leads you through the common topics to get your server up and running reasonably well. It seems to contain a lot of typos (mostly missing spaces in the actual commands to type) which was slightly annoying but forced me to read the man pages (which is actually no bad thing!) to check whether "hwclock-systohc" is an actual command or if "hwclock SPACE -systohc" would be better.

What I didn't like was that it seemed to be padded out quite a lot. Following each lesson (commands and explanation to get something up and running ) was the "what we learnt" section. Whilst I'm all for the old adage for presentations/papers etc: "tell them what you are going to tell them (i.e the abstract ), tell them (the content) and tell them what you told them (the summary)".
I found the "what we learnt" section added little to the understanding of the topic. It was neither a brief summary nor a useful addition to explain in more detail some of the parts of the lesson that were possibly 'glossed over' to help keep the lesson succinct.

In many cases it seemed to be a complete copy of the actual lesson (almost word for word); adding little or no additional information and effectively just forcing me to read the lesson again. This was a shame as I invariably had questions as to why I had type certain commands but in the end I found myself skipping these sections and spending the time reading about certain commands online.
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I've been dipping into this for the last month or so, looking at the "recipes" contained within and have so far found them all to be very useful. I've installed and configured CentOS systems many times but there are still some really useful tips in the recipes. The structure of the book is great; each recipe is broken down into steps with a following explanation so that you can understand not only what you have done but also why you've done it. FTP is something I've set up on many systems but I still found some useful advice in the FTP chapter, same goes for Samba. Some of the chapters are quite basic, such as OS installation and package management, while others cover some more advanced topics such as security hardening MySQL. Something for everyone then, recommended.
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By ally_uk on 30 Jan. 2014
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I picked up this book recently and wow what can I say finally a easy to follow approachable book on Linux. I like the flow of this book, The recipe approach is awesome And I have gained alot from it

Alot of Linux books out there waffle on to much / bored you to death or just over complicate matters by breaking down the topics the author has done a great job in explaining services and how to secure your server.

Fantastic addition to anyone who is a Red Hat user subject matter is approachable with a recipe approach if they release another edition with more content I will buy :)

This one is a keeper!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great comprehensive Linux book. Highly suggested for RHCSA/RHCE students 11 July 2013
By Z. Nop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been lucky enough to get my hands on this book at the right time, just a few weeks prior my RHCE course and exam. I have spent a fair bit of time on Chapter 9 - Mail Services and Chapter 10 - Apache CGI/SSL, areas in which I was pretty shaky prior the exam. I believe this book has actually helped me to understand these areas better & pass the exam.

It is well sectioned and each time I thought "hmm this isn't there", I came to the "There's more" section at the end of chapter only to find what I was looking for!

It's funny how everyone says "just Google it", unfortunately often it is quite difficult to get up to date and correct information about a whole topic - in one place. This great book accomplishes that for me and I would recommend it especially to all beginner to intermediate Linux users, who want to understand the whole topic thoroughly. Highly suggested to all aspiring RHCSA & RHCE students as this book pretty much covers all the RHCSA/RHCE topics even in more detail than the Red Hat courses themselves.
CentOS 6 Linux Server Cookbook
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic reference and starting point 29 May 2013
By Robert Lupinek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In my 12 years working with Linux I find myself constantly taking notes on the quickest way to do something in order to save myself the hassle of retracing my research steps.
Within the pages of the CentOS 6 Linux Server Cookbook I found many of the tips and tricks already listed and better explained than I ever could have come up with.

This book has great foundational knowledge that acts as a simple launch pad that quickly builds to some more obscure and interesting topics. My personal favorite is the initial introduction and implementation of fail2ban. That is an utility that I have intended to delve into for some time, so I was quite pleased to find it listed in the table of contents, and I was even more pleased to with the recipe.

I am definitely keeping this book in ready reach.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Generally helpful but requires you to do your own research 25 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is helping me in getting my jobs done more than other books on CentOS. It is easy to follow with essential codes clearly illustrated. However, it is short on some details: for instance, it does not explain how to rewrite ifcfg-eth0 using a text editor to enable the ethernet port of your server which otherwise the minimum installation of CentOS disables by default, so you have to manually enable. Further, the location of .profile file in CentOS 6.5 is different from the one given in this book. It's forced me, albeit unintentionally, to investigate how network connectivity can be established and where .profile is on my own, which can become quite time-consuming tasks for beginners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but not quite that good 20 April 2014
By Ignacio Olarte - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is ok. It covers most of the basic points and for a newbie it is good enough to get of the ground and running. however the book is quite repetitive. The recipe and the how it works section are almost the same, just that the latter has a little bit more of detail -not as much as one would like in order to truly understand why stuff works. For example the vfstpsd virtual user section doesn't bother to fully explain the permission requiered to the actual local roor directory and forces the reader to look someplace else for the explanation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for any linux version. 22 Jun. 2013
By Shawn C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been using Linux along time and this as someone said earlier is well worth the money.

I found a lot clear and concise useful tips and short cuts that has already help me in my job.

Spend the money give the author some love.
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