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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (March 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078214179X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782141795
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donning Red Hat 9: Jang's book is a boost up the Linux learning ladder. -- Computerworld New Zealand, August 18, 2003

It's pretty simple really - you want to know a lot on Red Hat Linux? Get this book, today. -- Help Net Security Magazine, July 18, 2003

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Open source development makes Linux robust and rock solid. IBM’s billion dollar investment in Linux adds to its credibility. A recent Goldman Sachs study suggests that Linux will emerge as the dominant operating system in the corporate data center.

If you want to be a part of this revolution in computing, you need to know Linux. This is the book that can help you become a part of the change by Mastering Red Hat Linux.

This book provides the skills you need to install, configure, secure and maintain Red Hat Linux 9. It shows you how to install Linux from a CD or over a network. You can even automate the process with Kickstart.

This book can help you become a competent Linux administrator. It gives you the skills you need to manage Red Hat Linux from the command line, administer users, and work with RPMs. It includes a step-by-step guide to reconfiguring the kernel. It also covers the new Red Hat tools that can help you configure major services from the GUI. If you want a server, this book helps you configure Linux for, DNS, DHCP, CUPS, sendmail, FTP, NFS, Samba, Apache and Tux.

There are 100 pages of bonus material available online at the Sybex website. It can help you prepare for various Linux certification exams (Linux+, Sair, LPI, RHCE). It is a command reference. It also includes a detailed analysis of comps.xml, which can help you create custom Red Hat Linux CDs.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan Clough on November 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wow! Mastering Red Hat Linux 9 is a huge and very complete guide to Red Hat Linux 9. It's over 900 pages, and includes the "Publisher's Edition" of RH9 on 2 CD's. It is written in a style which should accomodate Linux newcomers and more experienced users alike. There are a LOT of examples, code snippets, and screenshots throughout the book. In fact sometimes the abundance of these tend to make the material a little long to wade through. Experts should have no trouble skipping over the sections they don't need though.
The book starts out with in an introduction to Linux, and has a good chapter on preparing to install, including hardware checklists. This is followed by a very detailed step by step explanation of installing Red Hat, both locally and via network. A nice part of this is a troubleshooting chapter for solving installation problems. Part Two explains the basics of using the command line, how filesystems work in Linux, and using the shell for various tasks.
Part Three includes chapters for administering users and groups on your new system, and how the RPM software package management process works. Other chapters in this part explain the bootup process and how to configure it, various ways to perform system backups, and other common adminstration tasks such as cron jobs and logs. Especially useful should be Chapter 12 which explains how to update/compile your own kernel. There are very good examples of the myriad kernel options, mostly by using the xconfig utility.
The next several chapters go over how to configure and use the XWindows display system, including good examples from the XF86Config file. This is followed by detailed explanations of configuring and using the Gnome and KDE desktop environments.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2003
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I have been a Solaris system admin for some time, so I understand a bit about this subject. However, when going through this book word by word, I have found mistakes that make it almost impossible for the average user to learn. Fortunately for me, I can look and say, hey, this isn't right and figure out what figure he should be referencing; figure out that his IP address was added incorrectly, figure out what the heck he is REALLY talking about. Whoever proofread this book should be fired! IE. page 375, Table 13.3 stop (table says this command STARTS a service)! Too many mistakes to mention individually. Some of it is well written, but certainly not much of it for my mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Co on December 10, 2003
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The book is pretty comprehensive and generous with examples. It serves well as a guided instruction on those who are just starting with linux. This is book is also a good refernce material, however, there are certain topics I was hoping would be included, like OpenLDAP, mySQL, TACACS+ and how these tools integrate with Linux for it to become more rounded.
Overall, Mastering RH9 is still book worth having on our shelves.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
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I'm a Microsoft Windows admin, who wanted to learn Linux. A friend told me to pick up this book, and I'm glad. It just amazed me. The other big Linux Bible book has like no pictures showing how to install. This book shows me step by step! I thought I did a stupid thing not backing up before installing Linux on my old D: drive. Not a problem! This book helped me do it easy. Didn't even touch my C: Drive. Kickstart? It's like installing Linux automatically like MSBatch.
Others told me that NFS was hard to do. Not if you have this book! The graphical tools that Red Hat got work well for me. What a relief that I don't have to work at the command line - and this book shows me how. I wish it did more of the GUI though.... the coverage of the desktop is like too few words on every last thing in the GUI. Not enough GUI for me. I know, the people in my Linux user group tell me that the command line is better, but I'm just not used to it. Takes time to read through all those commands. But this book is better than the man pages! And hey, I got it working on my LAN easy with Red Hat's GUI network tools. Wish they had a GUI for DHCP though.
Next step - I want to see if I can make my Linux computer into a gateway for my network. That Red Hat Security Configurator looks promising. Then I'll be able to run my Web server off of this Linux box. But so far with this book, no problem! And I just found the extra Web material on the Sybex Web site - it's gonna help me figure out what I need to do with all these Linux certifications.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2003
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I've read a number of different books on Red Hat Linux, and this is the best I've seen. The writing style is easy, the server setups work. Yeah, it has it's share of typos, but it's shown me how to recompile the Linux kernel for the first time! Explanations of the kernel in other books confuse the h#(# out of me.
Starting with the intro, Chapter 4 helped me set up a network server for installing Linux. Several chapters gave me the courage to use real commands at the command line for the first time. As a Windows user, I wish it went more into the stuff you can do at the GUI. But I've set up FTP and Web servers that work on my home network.
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