- 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)
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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