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Pro Linux System Administration (Expert's Voice in Open Source) 2009th Edition
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1) A lot of "entry level" stuff that takes at least 15%-20% of the book. You just do not call the book "Pro" and show "grep localhost /etc/*" on page 97. All previous pages are written about history of Linux, why you need a Linux server, blah-blah - that can be easily skipped. Just randomly opened a page .. page 358 - how to use "df -h" command and what it does. What a revelation! IMHO, a book called "pro" need to spend a lot of time dealing with nitty -gritty stuff - like building HA systems, integration of Spamassassin+postfix+clamav, integration of SVN+Wiki+Bugzilla+Apache - we have built a similar system here, but I would love to read more from authors who know how to architect a scalable solution for 200+ servers. That would be "Pro"
2) The second drawback is very selective choice of applications at hand. I know that Puppet, for example, is an excellent package and has plenty of features - but would you mention at least Cfengine that been long enough and has a huge installation base?! Give a half of page explaining pros/cons Cfengine vs Puppet - and explain your choice for Puppet (Chapter 19) - yet give people an option to explore Cfengine. Or Chapter 10 gives a verdict to Postfix - "postfix is much easier to understand, configure and troubleshoot" - so no reference to Sendmail!!! OK, I agree with you - but can you give a half-page reference list to Sendmail choices?
This book is not a complete reference to the most popular utilities or the newest distributions. It falls short of a complete Linux reference due to the fact that the authors seem to only discuss tools that they have personal experience with. This book also won't teach you how to become a top-notch Linux System Administrator. What it will do, is quickly point a non-Linux system administrator in a possible direction when they need to make configuration changes. I have also found that this no-batteries-or-Internet-required reference comes in handy when working on Linux machines in remote locations.
A Windows or Mac system admin may find this book a welcome addition to their technical library. A Linux system admin may want to look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is a little outdated but nonetheless is packed with essential information. My only complaint is about rolling your own toolchain chapter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by josh
I really advise anyone interested in linux. What i like the most about this book is that all subjects are explained for both Red Hat and Ubuntu based. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cuneyt Bodur
Well organized, and it covers a plethora of topics in clear detail. I might use just this book to pass the LPI exams. It's that good.Published on February 22, 2014 by KJ
Needed this text for school, it actually turned out to be pretty good and I would recommend for others learning about the topic.Published on January 31, 2014 by Joshy G
best money i've spent on a book.. breaks it down for even a novice to linux to understand.. highly recommendedPublished on September 7, 2013 by FOLUSO AIBOR
Probably the only book on Linux Sys Adm you'll ever need. Pro Linux System Administration cleared up my bookshelf by making 10 other books on Linux redundant.Published on September 29, 2011 by jo0x09var
The book has so many errors that it is practically useless. It is probably oriented towards those that skim through the book to get a general idea without actually trying to type... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Video User