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Mark G. Sobell
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August 20, 2011 0132757273 978-0132757270 6

“I have found this book to be a very useful classroom text, as well as a great Linux resource. It teaches Linux using a ground-up approach that gives students the chance to progress with their skills and grow into the Linux world. I have often pointed to this book when asked to recommend a solid Linux reference.”

Eric Hartwell, Chair, School of Information Technology, ITT Technical Institute

The #1 Fedora and RHEL resource—a tutorial AND on-the-job reference

Master Linux administration and security using GUI-based tools, the command line, and Perl scripts

Set up key Internet servers, step by step, including Samba, Apache, sendmail, DNS, LDAP, FTP, and more


Master All the Techniques You Need to Succeed with Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®


In this book, one of the world’s leading Linux experts brings together all the knowledge you need to master Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux and succeed with it in the real world. Best-selling author Mark Sobell explains Linux clearly and effectively, focusing on skills you’ll actually use as a user, programmer, or administrator. Now an even more versatile learning resource, this edition adds skill objectives at the beginning of each chapter.


Sobell assumes no prior Linux knowledge. He starts at the beginning and walks you through every topic and task that matters, using easy-to-understand examples. Step by step, you’ll learn how to install and configure Linux from the accompanying DVD, navigate its graphical user interface, provide file/print sharing, configure network servers, secure Linux desktops and networks, work with the command line, administer Linux efficiently, and even automate administration with Perl scripts.


Mark Sobell has taught hundreds of thousands of Linux and UNIX professionals. He knows every Linux nook and cranny—and he never forgets what it’s like to be new to Linux. Whatever you want to do with Linux—now or in the future—you’ll find it here.


Compared with the other Linux books out there, A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Sixth Edition, delivers

  • Complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of Fedora 15 and RHEL 6
  • State-of-the-art security techniques, including up-to-date firewall setup techniques using system-config-firewall and iptables, and a full chapter on OpenSSH (ssh)
  • Coverage of crucial topics such as using su and sudo, and working with the new systemd init daemon
  • Comprehensive coverage of the command line and key system GUI tools
  • More practical coverage of file sharing using Samba, NFS, and FTP
  • Superior coverage of automating administration with Perl
  • More usable, realistic coverage of Internet server configuration, including Apache (Web), sendmail, NFSv4, DNS/BIND, and LDAP, plus new coverage of IPv6
  • More and better coverage of system/network administration tasks, including network monitoring with Cacti
  • Deeper coverage of essential administration tasks—from managing users to CUPS printing, configuring LANs to building a kernel
  • Complete instructions on keeping Linux systems up-to-date using yum
  • And much more, including a 500+ term glossary and comprehensive indexes 

Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Fedora 15 release!

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Previous Editions of A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®


“Since I’m in an educational environment, I found the content of Sobell’s book to be right on target and very helpful for anyone managing Linux in the enterprise. His style of writing is very clear. He builds up to the chapter exercises, which I find to be relevant to real-world scenarios a user or admin would encounter. An IT/IS student would find this book a valuable complement to their education. The vast amount of information is extremely well balanced and Sobell manages to present the content without complicated asides and meandering prose. This is a ‘must have’ for anyone managing Linux systems in a networked environment or anyone running a Linux server. I would also highly recommend it to an experienced computer user who is moving to the Linux platform.”

–Mary Norbury, IT Director, Barbara Davis Center, University of Colorado at Denver, from a review posted on slashdot.org


“I had the chance to use your UNIX books when I when was in college years ago at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. I have to say that your books are among the best! They’re quality books that teach the theoretical aspects and applications of the operating system.”

–Benton Chan, IS Engineer


“The book has more than lived up to my expectations from the many reviews I read, even though it targets FC2. I have found something very rare with your book: It doesn’t read like the standard technical text, it reads more like a story. It’s a pleasure to read and hard to put down. Did I say that?! :-)”

–David Hopkins, Business Process Architect


“Thanks for your work and for the book you wrote. There are really few books that can help people to become more efficient administrators of different workstations. We hope (in Russia) that you will continue bringing us a new level of understanding of Linux/UNIX systems.”

–Anton Petukhov


“Mark Sobell has written a book as approachable as it is authoritative.”

–Jeffrey Bianchine, Advocate, Author, Journalist


“Excellent reference book, well suited for the sysadmin of a Linux cluster, or the owner of a PC contemplating installing a recent stable Linux. Don’t be put off by the daunting heft of the book. Sobell has striven to be as inclusive as possible, in trying to anticipate your system administration needs.”

–Wes Boudville, Inventor


A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® is a brilliant book. Thank you, Mark Sobell.”

–C. Pozrikidis, University of California at San Diego


“This book presents the best overview of the Linux operating system that I have found. . . . [It] should be very helpful and understandable no matter what the reader’s background: traditional UNIX user, new Linux devotee, or even Windows user. Each topic is presented in a clear, complete fashion and very few assumptions are made about what the reader knows. . . . The book is extremely useful as a reference, as it contains a 70-page glossary of terms and is very well indexed. It is organized in such a way that the reader can focus on simple tasks without having to wade through more advanced topics until they are ready.”

–Cam Marshall, Marshall Information Service LLC, Member of Front Range UNIX Users Group [FRUUG], Boulder, Colorado


“Conclusively, this is THE book to get if you are a new Linux user and you just got into RH/Fedora world. There’s no other book that discusses so many different topics and in such depth.”

–Eugenia Loli-Queru, Editor in Chief, OSNews.com


Praise for Other Books by Mark G. Sobell


“This book is a very useful tool for anyone who wants to ‘look under the hood’ so to speak, and really start putting the power of Linux to work. What I find particularly frustrating about man pages is that they never include examples. Sobell, on the other hand, outlines very clearly what the command does and then gives several common, easy-to-understand examples that make it a breeze to start shell programming on one’s own. As with Sobell’s other works, this is simple, straightforward, and easy to read. It’s a great book and will stay on the shelf at easy arm’s reach for a long time.”

–Ray Bartlett, Travel Writer


“Overall I found this book to be quite excellent, and it has earned a spot on the very front of my bookshelf. It covers the real ‘guts’ of Linux–the command line and its utilities–and does so very well. Its strongest points are the outstanding use of examples, and the Command Reference section. Highly recommended for Linux users of all skill levels. Well done to Mark Sobell and Prentice Hall for this outstanding book!”

–Dan Clough, Electronics Engineer and Slackware Linux User


“Totally unlike most Linux books, this book avoids discussing everything via GUI and jumps right into making the power of the command line your friend.”

–Bjorn Tipling, Software Engineer, ask.com


“This book is the best distro-agnostic, foundational Linux reference I’ve ever seen, out of dozens of Linux-related books I’ve read. Finding this book was a real stroke of luck. If you want to really understand how to get things done at the command line, where the power and flexibility of free UNIX-like OSes really live, this book is among the best tools you’ll find toward that end.”

–Chad Perrin, Writer, TechRepublic


“I currently own one of your books, A Practical Guide to Linux®. I believe this book is one of the most comprehensive and, as the title says, practical guides to Linux I have ever read. I consider myself a novice and I come back to this book over and over again.”

–Albert J. Nguyen


“Thank you for writing a book to help me get away from Windows XP and to never touch Windows Vista. The book is great; I am learning a lot of new concepts and commands. Linux is definitely getting easier to use.”

–James Moritz


“I am so impressed by how Mark Sobell can approach a complex topic in such an understandable manner. His command examples are especially useful in providing a novice (or even an advanced) administrator with a cookbook on how to accomplish real-world tasks on Linux. He is truly an inspired technical writer!”

–George Vish II, Senior Education Consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company


“Overall, I think it’s a great, comprehensive Ubuntu book that’ll be a valuable resource for people of all technical levels.”

–John Dong, Ubuntu Forum Council Member, Backports Team Leader


“The JumpStart sections really offer a quick way to get things up and running, allowing you to dig into the details of the book later.”

–Scott Mann, Aztek Networks


“I would so love to be able to use this book to teach a class about not just Ubuntu or Linux but about computers in general. It is thorough and well written with good illustrations that explain important concepts for computer usage.”

–Nathan Eckenrode, New York Local Community Team


“Ubuntu is gaining popularity at the rate alcohol did during Prohibition, and it’s great to see a well-known author write a book on the latest and greatest version. Not only does it contain Ubuntu-specific information, but it also touches on general computer-related topics, which will help the average computer user to better understand what’s going on in the background. Great work, Mark!”

–Daniel R. Arfsten, Pro/ENGINEER Drafter/Designer


“I read a lot of Linux technical information every day, but I’m rarely impressed by tech books. I usually prefer online information sources instead. Mark Sobell’s books are a notable exception. They’re clearly written, technically accurate, comprehensive, and actually en...

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX and Linux training, support, and custom software development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Second Edition, and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, Third Edition, both from Prentice Hall.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (August 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132757273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132757270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sobell writes a great Linux all-in-one October 24, 2011
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This is the most useful all-in-one Linux book I've seen. I consider myself an intermediate level Linux/UNIX user. I wish I had obtained this book five or six years ago.

Like a previous reviewer, I decided to wait and obtain this when I saw the sixth edition was about to be released. It was worth the wait. I became aware of this book after examining Sobell's "Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming" at a local store. I was impressed with that book's breadth and organization. That book uses generic Linux as the basis for explaining Linux. When I saw Amazon offered a Sobell book targeted to Fedora/RHEL, I knew that was the edition I wanted. I recently switched to Fedora Linux after several years of using Ubuntu.

If you're in the market for a large Linux book, you'll be happy with either this Fedora book or the "Practical..Commands" edition mentioned previously. Either book will be useful regardless of the Linux flavor you use. The difference between this Fedora book and the "Practical..Commands" book: this one covers administration and server setup tasks extensively. Both books share a lot of material. The "Commands" book also covers many topics that aren't covered here (including Mac OSX). It's worth taking time and reading Amazon's preview which includes the preface. Sobell clearly spells out the differences between the books.

The "Commands" book costs less and doesn't include a DVD. But, -- nowadays -- installing Linux from a USB stick is simpler than using a DVD. I suggest to buy the "Practical..Commands" book instead of this Fedora book when you're completely new to Linux. It costs less and covers more of what you don't know. Learn administrative tasks down the road as needed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intro, advanced and reference all in one! September 24, 2011
"A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux" is a long and thorough book that manages to take you from beginner to advanced. It's both a great book to learn from and a great reference book - a rare combination.

For learning Linux, the book starts with basic commands and builds up to more complex utilities. There are hands on "jumpstarts" and tutorials so you can get started with advanced tools quickly. There are plenty of warnings and tips. And cross referencing - appreciated in a 1000+ page book.

For people who already know Linux, skimming/skipping the basic sections is fine. The book more than pays for itself with the advanced materials.

As a reference, there are multiple indices - file names, utility name, jumpstarts and the main index. Plus the glossary. Many chapters contain extensive tables. Also the left sidebar easily hones in on what you want to find.

I particular liked the use of both flowcharts, syntax guides and examples to teach concepts. Whether they were networking terms or how to write a script.

I think this book may replace my dog eared five year old UNIX one as the first book I grab when I want to look something up! My only caveat is that a third of the book is identical to Sobel's other title - A Practical Guide to Linux Commands...". But then you'd already have formed an opinion and not need this review.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Linux book, especially for the price. September 20, 2011
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There's a ton of junk out there, good thing there are places like this where you can comb through techie reviews and get a better idea of what to spend your money on.

A friend of mine has the older edition, and I was going to pick up my own copy when I noticed that the 6th edition was due out shortly, so I put it on my pre-order list and got it when it was released.

This is both a good learning-Linux book, and a great reference. I find myself agreeing with the authors methods of system administration most of the time, and I'm starting to get the feeling that the points I disagree with are me just being stubborn, and I need to learn the "new, right" way.

Great book, especially for the discounted Amazon price.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just returned the book June 21, 2012
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This book covers a lots topics but not in depth. I had to look up on the Internet and get my questions answered in Red Hat documents. For me, this book is too basic for system administration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.. Very Imformative. March 25, 2013
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Works great for the beginner, very detailed book. It reads like a dictionary however. Not very engaging as reference manual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? February 22, 2013
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It's the standard text book on Linux used in every college and every class worth taking. This is the book we keep around when we (Linux Admins) have to do something like install a DNS server or some other task you do infrequently. It's a mandatory purchase for all of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fedora and RedHat 6th Edition June 8, 2012
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This book is a great tool for the first time user wanting to learn Linux. It is easy to read and give you good information in small enough chucks you are not overwhelmed. For the advanced Linux user wanting to learn Fedora or Red Hat it is a great way to start using it and learning the distribution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fedora's full 360 in a book February 28, 2012
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This book has every single piece of information related to Fedora a beginner to learn from, possibly an expert would want to keep in their library. Its the Fedora and RHEL encyclopedia for the Fedora 15 users. Very helpful product
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect instead trying to read E-books!!!
Cannot read the E-books even with a dual monitors setup and other programs running. This book really helped me out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Linux For Newbies?
This book, if not what you're looking for, will make a great doorstop. It's big!

I'm a beginner in Linux and a bit overwhelmed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Flanigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and cheap learn Linux
fedora 15, for learning Linux. For Lpic-1 exams, great book for after install. Working on 117-101 exam first. Using old PC, 700 mhz.
Published 8 months ago by C. C Chin
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Read
This book is a required text for my Linux class, it does not read well. I use it more as a reference guide than a book to read from cover to cover
Published 9 months ago by TechieGirl
1.0 out of 5 stars On page 273, (page 107), page 274 (page 95)
While the book covers the material it continually makes references to other pages. It is impossible for me to read through the material and follow the content. Read more
Published 9 months ago by William A. Mccane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
What a fantastic book this is I am very satisfied with my purchase especially since it was about 20-30 cheaper from the bookstore at my college! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhhhh
I'm not going to call this book terrible, but it's not great. I'm taking a Linux class (which itself is not great either) and this book isn't really that helpful - half the time... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book ia a Book
Bought this for some insight into Fedora Linux Coding and setup. It Comes with Version 15 DVD that is installable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mac1950
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow, excellent content!!
This is a must have. Don't plan on putting this one on your book shelve as you'll be using it everyday!!
Published 17 months ago by Toby Metzger
3.0 out of 5 stars not a good eBook experience - probably fine in paper
I got this so I could take it with me as I travel, since it is no more portable in paper than any other 600 page book. Read more
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