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Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Paperback – May 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0672328473 ISBN-10: 067232847X Edition: Pap/DVD

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; Pap/DVD edition (May 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067232847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328473
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,397,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Hudson is a recognized expert in open source technologies. He is a professional developer and full-time journalist for Future Publishing. His articles have appeared in Internet Works, Mac Format, PC Answers, PC Format and Linux Format, one of the most prestigious linux magazines. Paul is very passionate about the free software movement, and uses Linux exclusively at work and at home. Paul's book, Practical PHP Programming, is an industry-standard in the PHP community.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Fink on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Fedora Core 5 was released in March of 2006 so getting this book to press in June was a huge undertaking and the author's have done an excellent job of including tons of information into this book. The Step-by-Step installation chapters include screen shots of the whole process. These are always a great addition to any instructional book.

Post installation configuration includes information on configuring keyboards and mice which is done during the installation process and shouldn't need to be repeated unless the user changes something.

Additional screen shots are used throughout the book which add the connection between the material talked about in the book and what the user sees on the screen.

This book refers to several excellent applications (pirut, yumex) which are a part of Fedora Core 5 but not shown in the Menu's by default.

Although this book attempts to bring the history of Linux, Step-by-Step installation, a plethora of information for beginners and experienced user alike. I don't believe a beginner would be able to use this book as a guide. The heavy use of computer industry acronyms would only serve to confuse the beginner.

This book should definitely be purchased by experienced computer users who want to break into the daily use of Linux and experienced Linux users as a resource for troubleshooting and configuration.

An overall excellent resource for every Linux enthusiasts bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John L. Berger on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I was a Solaris trainer a few years ago, the one thing that I always told the students was, 'If I would go over in any detail everything that Solaris can do right out of the box, this course would take over a month.' Linux has fallen into the same quandary. Because so many functions, utilities, and applications are available, to find a compilation that explains everything that it can do would be impossible. Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed does a good job at covering a lot of topics, though.

This massive book consists of one thousand pages covering hundreds of topics in almost forty chapters. It also includes Fedora Core 5 on DVD so that you can start working with it immediately - assuming that you have a system on which you can install it, of course.

I can't possibly go into all of the topics here, but I will say that as a systems administrator there is nothing that I could think of for a basic server that I did not find listed in this book. You name it, and it will probably be there. Installation, user management, X windows selection and configuration, Samba, DNS, FTP, sendmail, networking, Perl, PHP, Python, Apache, compiling, security, package management, and a lot of other topics that most system administrators would probably want to know are covered, at least briefly.

The one thing about this book is that it is primarily a 'get your feet wet' reference book. There are hundreds of screen shots, but none of the topics really go into any depth. This certainly is to be expected, though. If all of the topics in this book discussed intricate details, this would end up being a multi-volume encyclopedia.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
As with the other books of the "Unleashed" series, this book does not disappoint. From installation through recompiling the kernel, each chapter gives clear and concise instructions. Great for beginners and those already familiar with linux. If you want to learn the basics and beyond with one of the best open source distributions, this book is the one. Comes with a DVD packed with programs.
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As the title suggests, this is a book about the latest release of Fedora Core Linux distribution. Thanks to its correct approach, however, it would be accurate to claim that this is a book that can train you appropriately in the ways of Linux Operating System using Fedora Core distribution as a reference, instead of being just an other shallow distribution-specific manual.
GNU/Linux (usually referred to simply as "Linux") is a completely free Operating System that can be used for a wide variety of tasks. Fedora is a community-driven distribution of Linux, sponsored by Red Hat, one of the leading and oldest organizations in the field.

Contrary to popular belief, Linux is not a specialized OS that can only be found as part of network infrastructures. Through the last 15 years it has evolved to a modern general-purpose OS that can be used for almost any task you can think of: from office workstations to WAN backbone routers and even for some that you probably hadn't considered, like voice machines, PBX, televisions, compact multimedia devices and much more!

Most importantly, Linux's software for such applications has reached production-level quality, is free to use, modify and redistribute and supports every open standard. Also, it performs well on commodity hardware, even old Personal Computers that cost less than 50$ can be more than enough for most jobs.

As one would expect, however, an operating system of such flexibility unavoidably has a certain degree of complexity in its roots, and configuring it appropriately can prove challenging even to experienced users and IT professionals.
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