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ISBN-13: 007-6092047025
ISBN-10: 0137081332
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About the Author

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and he has contributed to a number of other O’Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications.

 

Benjamin Mako Hill is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team, one of the first employees of Canonical, Ltd., and lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media and a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137081332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137081332
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music_Blue on December 3, 2010
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Well, I probably bought this book based on the title and thinking it would be a good reference but its more like a random walk through the server. Yes, it does show you some things about setting up stuff, but its more for a seasoned user of Linux. There are many references to online information instead of giving it in a book. The online stuff can change or get deleted without notice so you are left with a useless thing on the shelf.

I did not think it was well written with the newbie in mind.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Bello on April 10, 2011
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This book is partially as the title intended, an official server book. If you're migrating from another OS (likely Windows), then you will appreciate that this makes it clear on the differences that mainly concern the Ubuntu (Linux-like) file system, boot loading process (very technical in my opinion) and the like. Problem is that this book starts mentioning really cool stuff all too often and then lets you down omitting specific details to really get started in most topics. Some will appreciate the mentioning of the existence of any feature, but others like me will end up craving for more and in this particular matter the Official Server Book will disappoint; all the time claiming that X topic is too vast to fit into this book. For appetite openers, or people really wanting to know what else is out there other than Bill Gates or Steve Jobs money hungry Operating Systems, this book is a winner. You will at least know that Ubuntu (and most Linux offerings) are technically more advanced and clean than the commercial ware out there. For more hands-down approach, I recommend to complement this book with more thorough material. I know server management is nearly impossible to condense in a single paperback book, but probably that is just my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Weber on October 7, 2010
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The official Ubuntu server book has proven to be a worthwhile Ubuntu reference. This book covers a wide range of topics; including RAID, DNS & SAMBA, just to name a few. It was well organized, easy to read and understand, and has a good index (something I have always valued in a reference book.) My only reason for not rating it 5 stars is I would consider this book a great "get started" book, but it does not go into much detail on any of it's topics. Regardless, I would recommend it as well worth the purchase price. For those who are interested, other good Ubuntu/Linux books are Linux Administration Handbook (Publisher Prentice Hall) and The Complete Reference Ubuntu (Publisher McGraw Hill).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad K. on October 4, 2010
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I really do enjoy this book. I've gotten a lot of material....books, U.S. and U.K. Linux periodicals, etc, and most of the time I felt that I was "almost there" in understanding Linux, but not quite. Most of what I'd read was still over my head, although the authors seemed genuine and quite good. This book though, is the one that made my understanding really take off. Kyle and Benjamin do an excellent job explaining the material to a new person, but not "watering it down" as would be the case in a beginner's text. Too, the book is plenty rigorous enough for experienced administrators, so it's very complete in many respects. I also appreciated the 32 and 64 bit disks provided, which for some reason seems like a problem in the periodicals world....they typically provide only 32 bit software for some reason. Great book; I hope they continue to provide more like it in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smartpage Books on August 12, 2013
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One glaring omission is setting up and configuring the print server. This seems to be an omission in the 3rd edition as well. Other than that, it gives fairly decent coverage and gets you started with command line administration. Because of the title, I was expecting a lot more details and configuration examples then the book actually delivers. I think Michael Jang's "Ubuntu Server Administration" book is the better of the two. However, neither is as good as "Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide" by Steve Shah and Wale Soyinka. At least I find that I am thumbing that book more often than the three Ubuntu Server books I own. Given the immense popularity of Ubuntu, I think the Ubuntu admin community needs to have a more in depth server admin book with many more detailed configuration examples.
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This is one of the best tech books I've read in a long time. I've been in IT for a decade now, and this book is perfect for anyone wanting a concise book on Ubuntu. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of reading 900+ page books every time I need to learn something new. This book has all the relevant topics and they're sufficiently explained without all the excruciating details, that we as administrators, will have to google when the problem arrives anyway.
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