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Linux Mint System Administrator's Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Arturo Fernandez Montoro
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Book Description

26 Dec 2012

A practical guide to learn basic concepts, techniques, and tools to become a Linux Mint system administrator


  • Discover Linux Mint and learn how to install it.
  • Learn basic shell commands and how to deal with user accounts.
  • Find out how to carry out system administrator tasks such as monitoring, backups, and network configuration.

In Detail

System administrators are responsible for keeping servers and workstations working properly. They perform actions to get a secure, stable, and robust operating system. In order to do that, system administrators perform actions such as monitoring, accounts maintenance, restoring backups, and software installation. All these actions and tasks are crucial to business success.

"Linux Mint System Administrator's Beginner's Guide" is a practical and concise guide that offers you clear step-by-step exercises to learn good practices, commands, tools, and tips and tricks to convert users into system administrators in record time.

You'll learn how to perform basic operations, such as create user accounts and install software. Moving forward, we'll find out more about important tasks executed daily by system administrators.

Data and information are very important so you'll learn how to create and restore backups. You will also learn about one of the most important points of an operating system: security

Thanks to "Linux Mint System Administrator's Beginner's Guide", you’ll learn all the basics you need to install and keep a robust and reliable Linux Mint operating system up to date.

What you will learn from this book

  • Install and configure Linux Mint
  • Basic shell commands
  • Install, remove, and configure software
  • Provision user accounts
  • Configure your hardware
  • Connect to other servers using different protocols
  • Configure wireless and wired networks
  • Create and restore backups of important information and data
  • Harden your system
  • Monitor resources and devices
  • Discover and solve common issues


A concise Packt Beginner's Guide to get you started with administering a Linux Mint system.

Who this book is written for

.This book is for those users who want to become Linux Mint system administrators and need to start learning quickly. It's assumed that you have a basic knowledge of GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as being familiar with concepts, such as kernel, filesystems, users, accounts, groups, and disk partitions.

Product details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arturo Fernandez Montoro

Arturo Fernandez Montoro is a software architect specializing in design, development, testing, and deployment of high-traffic web applications.

Since 2002, he often writes for different Linux and Open Source printed and online magazines, such as Todo Linux, Linux+, Linux Magazine, and Free Software Magazine. Also, he has written the iPhone JavaScript Cookbook for Packt Publishing.

His professional experience includes technologies such as Django, Ruby on Rails, J2EE, PHP, web application servers, relational and NoSQL databases, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. He spent the last three years working as a software architect and a Python/Django lead developer.

Currently, Arturo lives in Madrid working as a software architect for QDQ Media, the biggest online marketing agency in Spain. He can be reached at

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4.0 out of 5 stars a helpful guide for novices 17 April 2014
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What a relief to leave windowsland and associated exasperations. This guide will help you with the basics of linux mint and I can recomend it as I am a complete beginner to Linux. The English is a little strange occasionally which is the only reason I have not given it 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Linux Mint Admin Beginner's Guide -- your only hope out there 1 July 2013
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Though I've been running Linux Mint for a number of years, and like it considerably over many other Linux distros out there, there is only one reference I've found... and this is it.

This is a beginner's only reference, but useful. The text is based on Mint "MATE", a single window desktop, and does not include Mint "Cinnamon", a multi-window desktop. Cinnamon is little more complex, more robust, more interesting purely because of the desktop features and options. It's not overwhelming, and would be easy for the authors to cover in it's own separate chapter, but they did not. I recommend Cinnamon, and a sprinkling of curiosity on your part to give this option a try. This book will still apply.

The "installation" section describes downloading an ISO image and... stop there, go buy a cd/dvd for a few bucks and make things easy on yourself. Throw it into your optical (cd/dvd) drive, and boot, ensuring first you can boot from your optical drive, as described in this book (useful beginner info). Good grief. Moving on...

Some of the examples refer to server options.... wait, this is a beginner's admin book, so get real: if you're into servers, you're no longer a beginner. 'nuff said on this point.

Some examples are shallow, not much detail on why you'd want to do "x", and not much on how to do "x", and NO info on when "x" doesn't work as believed. Some context could be improved. Some fallback methods or explanations would be helpful to anyone.

Mint is based on Ubuntu (which is based on Debian), a very popular Linux distribution. But Ubuntu seems to have catered recently to ... who knows who, but their new desktop is strange to old Gnome or KDE users like me. And I tried Mint as an alternative to Ubuntu and liked it immediately. An alternative to this MINT only reference are the numerous Ubuntu books, particular Ubuntu for the Non-Geek.

All nice Mint user tools, easy to install and configure, decent options, and as always... better than Wind Blows.

I find my Mint and other distros on OSdisc [dot] com, lots of variety, great prices, great customer focus. And if you are not convinced about Linux, you can either load and run a Linux LIVE distro cd/dvd, preserving your precious hard drive; or, install a linux distro adjacent to Windows and have the option at boot time of which you want to run.

Linux supports open source software apps, free browsers, mail programs, graphics, admin tools, and office suites that knock the sox off Mr. Gates.

I like and appreciate Mint, having tried Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, Mandrake, PCOS, Ultimate Linux (Ubuntu), Knoppix, and even BSD, and a host of other variants (some were deviants). Hope this puts my preference for MINT into perspective.

This book will help the noobie get up and running Mint MATE. It's just a short step from there to Cinnamon. And you can always reinstall MATE if you don't like Cinnamon... but wait, you can try each one first (but separately) using a LIVE cd/dvd... how cool is that.

ps: Apologies for offending any Noobies out there, but somewhere early on we were each of us a Noob. The goal is to not remain one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars piss poor book 25 July 2013
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i found it gave very simple commands and did not fit my needs as far as an admin goes. i wish it offered more along the lines of the command line prompts for more serious inquiries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional book 29 April 2014
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I am new to Linux. After reading this book, I was able to download and use all features of Mint.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the reference to have if you use Mint! 28 Mar 2013
By Aaron Simpson - Published on
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A good book if you use Mint, user friendly Linux book with a lot of good info. Great for new and seasoned Linux admins!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for Linux Mint. 6 Mar 2013
By J. Catalfano - Published on
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This is my go to reference source for the most popular version of Linux. I hope another one is published for the next version of Linux Mint 15.
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