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Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux: College Edition Paperback – 9 May 2008

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Praise for A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Second Edition


“Since I’m in an educational environment, I found the content of Sobell’s book to be right on target and very helpful for anyone managing Linux in the enterprise. His style of writing is very clear. He builds up to the chapter exercises, which I find to be relevant to real-world scenarios a user or admin would encounter. An IT/IS student would find this book a valuable complement to their education. The vast amount of information is extremely well balanced and Sobell manages to present the content without complicated asides and meandering prose. This is a ‘must have’ for anyone managing Linux systems in a networked environment or anyone running a Linux server. I would also highly recommend it to an experienced computer user who is moving to the Linux platform.”

—Mary Norbury, IT Director, Barbara Davis Center/University of Colorado at Denver, from a review posted on slashdot.org


“I had the chance to use your UNIX books when I when was in college years ago at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. I have to say that your books are among the best! They’re quality books that teach the theoretical aspects and applications of the operating system.”

—Benton Chan, IS Engineer


“The book has more than lived up to my expectations from the many reviews I read, even though it targets FC2. I have found something very rare with your book: It doesn’t read like the standard technical text, it reads more like a story. It’s a pleasure to read and hard to put down. Did I say that?! :-)”

—David Hopkins, Business Process Architect


“Thanks for your work and for the book you wrote. There are really few books that can help people to become more efficient administrators of different workstations. We hope (in Russia) that you will continue bringing us a new level of understanding of Linux/UNIX systems.”

—Anton Petukhov


“Mark Sobell has written a book as approachable as it is authoritative.”

—Jeffrey Bianchine, Advocate, Author, Journalist


“Excellent reference book, well suited for the sysadmin of a Linux cluster, or the owner of a PC contemplating installing a recent stable Linux. Don’t be put off by the daunting heft of the book. Sobell has striven to be as inclusive as possible, in trying to anticipate your system administration needs.”

—Wes Boudville, Inventor


A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® is a brilliant book. Thank you Mark Sobell.”

—C. Pozrikidis, University of California at San Diego


“This book presents the best overview of the Linux operating system that I have found. . . . [It] should be very helpful and understandable no matter what the reader’s background is: traditional UNIX user, new Linux devotee, or even Windows user. Each topic is presented in a clear, complete fashion and very few assumptions are made about what the reader knows. . . . The book is extremely useful as a reference, as it contains a 70-page glossary of terms and is very well indexed. It is organized in such a way that the reader can focus on simple tasks without having to wade through more advanced topics until they are ready.”

—Cam Marshall, Marshall Information Service LLC, Member of Front Range UNIX Users Group [FRUUG], Boulder, Colorado


“Conclusively, this is THE book to get if you are a new Linux user and you just got into RH/Fedora world. There’s no other book that discusses so many different topics and in such depth.”

—Eugenia Loli-Queru, Editor in Chief, OSNews.com

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Third Edition; A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming; and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, all from Prentice Hall, and A Practical Guide to the UNIX System from Addison-Wesley.

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Good balance between theory and practice 22 Mar. 2010
By Steve E. Chapel - Published on Amazon.com
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A Practical Guide to Fedora is perfect for readers new to Linux because it assumes no prior knowledge of Linux and leads off with an explanation of how to install Fedora. The book leads the reader through progressively harder topics: running desktop applications, using the command line interface, system administration, setting up different types of servers, and bash and Perl programming. Throughout, theory of key concepts is interspersed with practical advice and hands-on exercises. This balance between theory and practice, along with explanations that require little prior knowledge of Linux, make this an excellent book for readers new to Linux.
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Practical uide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4th Edition 21 Dec. 2008
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IF you're looking for a reference book with all the answers this is the one to get, after working with Fedora and Red Hat for years I find this the best reference book on my desk.
2 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Perfect 15 Sept. 2009
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I ordered this product as a used item. It arrived in perfect shape, just as described. The disc that came with it was still in its original wrapper. It even arrived before the scheduled time frame. I am very pleased with the transaction.
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The book was exactly what was described and arrived in a timely manner. I would do business with friendsofjeffersonlibrary again.

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