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Wale Soyinka wears many hats, all fitting to varying degrees. He is a father, an author, a producer, a system administrator, an open source evangelist, a network administrator, a hacker, an entrepreneur, and a chef. Wale has written an extensive library of Linux administration training materials, including previous editions of Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide. He is also the author of Wireless Network Administration: A Beginner's Guide.


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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pinkney on 25 July 2013
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I unfortunately haven't had time to sit and read this yet but just wanted to say it was delivered promptly and was as it described
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Welcome to Linux Administration 12 July 2012
By kg4giy - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first picked up Linux, there were no books. The readmes were thin and the available help was limited. That was then. Today, I am constantly bombarded by friends that say "You're into Linux, how do I..." And worse, at work, the developers are constantly coming to me to get help with basic administration tasks. I hand them Wale's book.

This is the sort of book you want if:

1) You have some Linux experience and want to take the next step, either to administer your own site or improve your job skills to move into professional administration.

2) You are already an administrator of that "other" operating system and want to know what all the fuss is about.

3) You are expanding your Linux administration skills beyond the basic start, stop, break, fix model.

What this book will not help you with is setting up your X environment. Wale takes you in depth, but expects you to do it on the command line. The power of Linux is on the command line, so there is no "click here, click there" type instruction. You spend your time at the pound sign, where real administration is done.

The new version covers the core stuff: DNS, Mail, Web services, backup, installation, and package management. But it doesn't stop there. New core services, like LDAP, Distributed File Systems, and Virtualization (KVM, Virtual Box and QEMU) are covered as well as installations via flash drives.

The other thing that distinguishes the book is that it does not pick favorites. This is a book about LINUX administration, not Red Hat administration or Ubuntu administration. It is about Linux administration, and while Wale covers the subtle differences between them when there is a difference, it is about teaching the skills that an administrator needs to administer a Linux system, regardless of distribution, package management strategy, or GUI tool sets.

This is a book for administrators, by administrators. No fluff about setting up your speakers, or how to connect your video camera. This is about building and running servers in data centres. If this is your job, or you want to make it your job, then this is your entry point. If you are already a skilled administrator, keep a copy on your shelf to loan out to those who need to learn more.
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A good beginning 18 Jun. 2012
By Hal - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had several false starts getting into linux over the years. I think the more conversational tone the Author takes makes it easier to get through compared to some of the textbook-like tomes I've tried before. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it speaks more to a character deficiency on my part when a tech book lays out all the facts and instructions competently but I can't get through it because the writing is too dry.

With books aimed at "beginners" who aren't true beginners (some existing experience with other operating systems is assumed) the right level of detail is difficult to balance. Too little and the reader won't fully understand the subject matter. Too much and he gets bogged down in low level details and has trouble seeing the big picture. I think the author (or editor?) does a good job of laying down a foundation of understanding without giving too much unnecessary information.
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Great book for extending knowledge. 14 Nov. 2012
By Jedidiah Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for learning Linux. It covers both Debian- and Redhat-based systems. If you've never touched the Linux command line, the learning curve might be a bit steep. If you've used the command line a couple dozen times, but don't feel at home doing Linux administration yet, then this is going to be a great help.

I was worried it'd be too simple due to it's "beginner" label, but this is purely a beginner to administration. A moderate knowledge of linux (or windows), command line (or command prompt from windows), and computers in general seem expected.
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This is the one 21 Sept. 2012
By Eldon Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing style of this author is on target for someone trying to get their feet wet. Most tech writers make too many assumptions about their readers and end up adding confusion to an already frustrating experience. This writer seems to sense where his readers are and helps them down the path nicely. I highly recommend this book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent source for beginner or refresher 26 Nov. 2012
By Uncle Olaf - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been monkeying with Linux for a number of years and finally decided to formalize my knowledge a bit more. This book is providing me with a much better background, supplementing what I already knew and filling in a lot of the background. I used to work like the superstitious guy who always crosses his fingers, says his prayers, and sequin he's his eyes shut, not knowing completely why it works, only doing exactly what worked the last time, in hopes the gods will continue t smile. This book is giving me the confidence to do it right and know why.
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