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Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®: Fedora™ Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, A (2nd Edition) Paperback – August 9, 2004

ISBN-13: 007-6092035268 ISBN-10: 0131470248 Edition: 2nd

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The best just became BETTER! Completely revised to meet all your Red Hat Linux needs!

Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux are advanced operating systems. You need a book that's just as advanced. This book explains Linux clearly and effectively--with a focus on the features you care about, including system security, Internet server setup, and sharing files and printers with Windows systems. Best-selling Linux author Mark Sobell starts at the beginning and walks you through everything that matters, from installing Fedora Core using the included CDs to GNOME, KDE, Samba 3, sendmail, Apache, DNS, NIS, and iptables. Along the way, you learn the "hows" and the "whys." Whether you are a user, an administrator, or a programmer, this book gives you all you need and more. Mark Sobell knows every Linux nook and cranny, has taught hundreds of thousands of readers, and never forgets what it's like to be new to Linux.

Don't settle for yesterday's Linux book...get the ONLY book that meets today's challenges and tomorrow's!

Compared with the other Linux books out there, A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Second Edition, delivers...

  • The full Fedora Core operating system on 4 CDs (not the truncated "Publisher's Edition") AND complete coverage of Fedora Core and the 2.6 Linux kernel, PLUS coverage of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Deeper coverage of GNOME and KDE, including customization
  • More practical coverage of file sharing with Samba, NFS, and FTP
  • Easier-to-follow coverage of Internet server configuration including Apache, sendmail, NFS, and DNS
  • More up-to-date coverage of security, including SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux), OpenSSH, and firewall setup using iptables
  • Better coverage of "meat-and-potatoes" system/network administration tasks
  • A more practical introduction to writing bash shell scripts
  • More complete coverage of configuring local and network printers using CUPS
  • And much more...including a 500+ word glossary and a comprehensive index to help you find what you need fast!

Includes 4 CDs!
Get the full version of Red Hat's Fedora Core 2 release!

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He is the author of many best-selling UNIX and Linux books and has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (August 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131470248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131470248
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,170,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book is very well written.
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This is a great book for beginning to intermediate Linux users and a great reference for those that are more experienced.
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Learn everything in this book!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubbard on December 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am an IT professional and would consider myself a master within a purely Windows based enterprise (MCSE since 1997). That being said - after my last job was outsourced I found that every position I wanted to apply for required some Linux experience and I had never used it. Enter this book.

Linux is not a very intuitive OS. Many commands have names or switches that barely resemble what they do making it difficult to remember or learn. This book is remarkable. It starts out assuming you know nothing and helps you install Linux. It then presents an overview of the different Desktop Environments (GNOME or KDE) and how to navigate / customize them to your taste. This is probably the first 100 pages.

Linux was designed to be more functional than easy to use. This book does a great job of balancing how to perform an operation via the GUI or the command line. After reading this book, it is obvious that the GUI was an afterthought to Linux and the command line is where it's true strength lies. The Author gives you the most commonly used commands in a logical order along with examples to follow to help understand variations like redircting output from one command to another and achieve a result that is much more useful than the desktop environment can currently present. As a total beginner to Linux, I appreciated that he spent just enough time on each section to explain what it is and how to use it but didn't run it into the ground making me feel like I had to skip a section to keep it flowing. Each section & chapter is divided up into task oriented modules allowing you to jump anywhere in the book and get a quick primer on a topic like apache server or directory structure.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a very comprehensive guide to running the Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise distribution of Linux, you'll want to check out A Practical Guide To Red Hat Linux by Mark Sobell (Prentice Hall). This book is packed with information...

Chapter list: Welcome to Linux; Installation Overview; Step-by-Step Installation; Introduction to Red Hat Linux; The Linux Utilities; The Linux Filesystem; The Shell 1; Linux GUIs: X, GNOME, and KDE; The Shell 2: The Bourne Again Shell; Networking and the Internet; System Administration: Core Concepts; Files, Directories, and Filesystems; Downloading and Installing Software; Printing with CUPS; Rebuilding the Linux Kernal; Administration Tasks; Configuring a LAN; OpenSSH: Secure Network Communication; FTP: Transferring Files Across a Network; sendmail: Setting Up Mail Clients, Servers, and More; NIS: Network Information Service; NFS: Sharing Filesystems; Samba: Integrating Linux and Windows; DNS/BIND: Tracking Domain Names and Addresses; iptables: Setting Up a Firewall; Apache ([...] Setting Up a Web Server; Programming Tools; Programming the Bourne Again Shell; Regular Expressions; Help; Security; The Free Software Definition; The Linux 2.6 Kernel; Glossary; Index

At nearly 1100 pages, this isn't a small book. But as you can see from the chapter list, it packs a lot of information inside. The content is predominantly targeted at the Linux server and network environment, so getting the book to learn how to run the Linux desktop may not be the best idea. If you're looking to set up a Linux network and learn how to effectively work with the command line interface, this book works.

Interspersed throughout the chapters that contain numerous figures and code snippets, you will find a number of sidebars.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Lodato on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I keep searching for books that collect everything you want to know about a subject in one place, and keep getting disappointed. Usually the books leave out some important topic, while others go too deep in some areas and must skim lightly over the others. A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux: Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Second Edition) (APRtRHL) is one of those rare books that actually pulls it off. Mark G. Sobell has created a single reference for Red Hat Linux that cannot be beat!

I will admit that Mark did not, nor could not, go into excruciating detail about every single aspect of Linux and the more common applications programs. For example, the Sendmail book by Costales/Allman covers just one application, and it's 100 pages longer!

Mark has written APRtRHL with exercises at the end of each chapter. This way, the book can be used as a text in a course on Linux. Many chapters include a JumpStart section to get you going quickly. In addition, he has included many, many cross-references throughout the text. This makes the book as close to "hyper-linked" as print media can get.

After the obligatory history of Linux, Mark propels the user into Part I of the book, and through the exercise of planning the installation and acquiring a copy of Fedora Core 2 (included with the book). He then takes you through the installation process step-by-step. Now that you have Linux installed, you need to know what you've got to work with.

Part II covers the basics of using Linux. After spending time showing you around the KDE desktop (GNOME is also reviewed), Mark gets you acquainted with the standard command line utilities, the Linux filesystem, and the shell.

Part III digs into the nitty-gritty of using Linux.
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