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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (9 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006402
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Practical Advice for Linux System Administrators

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Linux information can be found scattered in man pages, texinfo files, and source code comments, but the best source is the experts who have built up a working knowledge of managing Linux systems. The Linux Cookbook's tested techniques distill years of hard-won experience into practical cut-and-paste solutions to everyday Linux dilemmas. Use just one recipe from this collection of real-world solutions, and the hours of tedious trial-and-error saved will more than pay for the cost of the book. It's more than a time-saver; it's a sanity saver.

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I have been waiting for a book like this for some time. Whilst not quite a Linux newbie, there is a lot I still have to learn and wish to find out about. I already have a reasonable library of books, but they tend to be of the "complete" series types, which have the information but it takes some time to find. On the other hand, the Linux Cookbook has it all there, all well laid out and properly explained. And its not just for the everyday Linux admin type jobs, there are some in-depth subjects covered. The 'recipe' and the jaunty have-a-go style for me is a real winner. Carla is obviously very enthusiastic about Linux, and this comes across in all the recipes. Well worth the money, highly recommended, this book is always on my desk.
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This book just tells you how to do the tasks poorly explained elsewhere. I messed around with YAST for 2 days trying to setup postfix - Courier IMAP. This book had it going in less than an hour (because I type slowly). It's got useful stuff on topics like RPM and YUM which are just not documented this well elsewhere, and anyone who would use Debian if only they knew more, this is the answer too. If you've never quite had the courage to compile and install from source, it's here, and because all the other things from this book work, you'll finally have the courage to do it.
This book is the pinnacle of O'Reilly's skill at publishing "just damn useful books".
PS Thanks to Dawn Marie for giving Carla the time to write this book.
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To be honest I expected this book (given the title) to be a bit more like the standard "Unix Power Tools" type of thing so I was a little surprised at the contents. I work with Linux everyday its the standard desktop environment in the company were I work. There is some excellent reference material here. But:

The writing style is clearly aimed at beginners. However,
I find it a curious mix of beginners' topics and Systems Administration material. It may be the ideal manual for someone just starting in a company were Unix/Linux based systems are the default development /deployment and testing environments. It may not get you to advanced-super-guru status but it would be a reasonable introduction.

There's less here for the user of a personal Linux system. A substantial amount of the material is never likely to be useful at home except to the most serious of hobbyists or perhaps comp-sci students. I'd advise all those considering the purchase of a Linux reference to examine the Table of Contents thoroughly.

From a professional point of view I found the material simplistic but generally clear. It's enough to get you up and running in areas were you have little or no experience. It's a useful, but by no means complete reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything! 3 Nov. 2016
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It's got by far so many Linux examples, you feeling there's nothing not covered. It has a chapter on almost literally every command you can ever use. Unfortunately, I didn't see anything pertaining to encryption, using GPG, but it has almost everything else under the sun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for them what's Not Quite a Newbie Anymore 13 Aug. 2010
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Not a *bad* book, but it's not for beginners.... but it's not for longtime users, either.

This book is good for those who have a Linux distro up-and-running ('Ubuntu', or 'Mint' perhaps), are comfortable using it, and wish to experiment with setting up some additional services using the command line and working with configuration files.

If you've got more experience, then this simply rehashes what you've already learned -- even if you don't consider yourself an 'expert'.

If you fall into the 'wanting to learn more but don't know where to start' category, then this is a great book. Think of it as 'Middle-School' or 'Jr. High' for Linux. Not quite a primer, but not for power-users either. This is a 4-or-5 star book for you.

If you fall to either side of that spectrum, then knock-off a star or two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful, but it's Hit-and-Miss 10 Sept. 2006
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Because this is a "cookbook," it gives you recipies -- step-by-step instructions for performing specific tasks.

This makes Linux Cookbook EXTREMELY useful when it has a recipie you need, and it often gives you a good starting point when you need to do something that isn't specifically covered.

For example, let's say you need to setup a mail server, which you've never done before. As long as you're willing to use the mail tools she describes (which are perfectly good tools), then this book is the fastest way to get the job done. She also shows you how to make sure the server will be secure.

I'm glad I have this book on my shelf, I recommend it, and I refer to it whenever I need to do something new in Linux. The problem is, you can't have a step-by-step recipie for everything. When this book hits the mark, it's the best book you can have, but you cannot rely on this as your only Linux book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 25 Oct. 2016
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This is a very good reference book for me, I do have a linux back ground so I don't know if this will be good for someone who is new to the linux world, but it will make a very good reference in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Linux references. 19 Oct. 2016
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Wonderful tome; I wish she would write an update...
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