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Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed Paperback – July 30, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0672316890 ISBN-10: 0672316897 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1252 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; Pap/Cdr edition (July 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672316897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672316890
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed ships with its eponymous operating system on CD-ROM. Based on that fact alone, you're ahead of the game in terms of cost when you buy this book. Way ahead, in fact, considering that this book contains some of the best printed documentation of the Red Hat distribution around. The team of authors covers installation, configuration, networking (including Internet connectivity and the Domain Name Service), system administration, and applications. There are introductory guides to programming with several languages--the sections on gawk, Python, Motif, and Tcl/Tk are the best of the group. Plus, there's a good Linux command reference.

Three kinds of people will like this book: those who want to install Linux for the first time, those who want to perform intermediate-level tasks (such as compiling a kernel or setting up a network), and experts looking for new information. The book's coverage of first-time installation takes a deliberate pace, pausing often to address potential problems. The kernel-building and network configuration sections are solid. The remainder of the book is packed with enough details about everything, including the Gnome windowing system and the K Desktop Environment (KDE), to keep the gurus happy. In short, this book ranks among the best Red Hat 6 manuals. --David Wall

From the Back Cover

Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed shows you how to install, configure, and manage version 6.0, the latest version of Red Hat operating system. Version 6.0 boasts the latest Linux kernel, a new and improved installation program, updated libraries and a host of other improvements. Learn how the operating system works from the inside out. The book covers everything from managing the installation processes to configuring the system as an Internet server. Extensive coverage of shells and shell programming is also covered, along with the programming tools and utilities that help the administrator and programmer perform their tasks more efficiently.

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I've just order another book, Running Linux(I hope this book help me a lot).
Tae-Kyun Kim (tae_kr@yahoo.com)
'Unleashed' is another one of those tomes that simply try to cover too much material in a single volume and don't seem to do any particular topic justice.
joe briggs
It is a great book for beginners to intermediate users of Linux, so i highly recommend it for an overall reference to RH6.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dean Jefferson on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased the book, read most of parts I & II andinstalled Linux on my PC using the CD ROM included. I had few problemsinstalling Red Hat Linux - Oracle 8i for Linux is another story... I agree that this book and Linux for that matter are not necessarily for nontechies. I am a techie with a background in programming, but a Linux newbie. I think some of the other reviewers need to lighten up. For this price I received a Linux distribution and more than enough information to get it installed and running. I am using the rest of the book as a reference for setting up services such as Samba file sharing and recompiling the kernel to accomodate Oracle's requirements.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By joe briggs on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you can only afford one Linux book and you are running Redhat 6.0 or later, then this is definately the book to get. However, it still has a long way to go.
'Unleashed' is another one of those tomes that simply try to cover too much material in a single volume and don't seem to do any particular topic justice. I have a whole bookshelf of computer books that are each over 500 pages that I had to buy only because out of the entire book there was one sentence in one paragraph somewhere in the middle that had the tidbit of information that I needed.
These books simply have too much redundant and non-meaty stuff and too little of the really important stuff. For example, they cover installation, building the kernel, setting up NFS, the history of the internet and why you need DNS, how mail works and the different types of mail programs, how to connect to an ISP through PPP, how to write C, Perl, and Java programs, ... etc. Three things to consider here: (1) are all of those topics relative to me in the context of getting RH6.0 loaded and configured? (2) Are any of the relative topics covered in sufficient detail that I don't have to look further to complete my task? (3) Are there any glaring omissions or topics that are essential to cover in order to complete my installation and configuration?
The answer to the 1st question is absolutely not - there is no value whatsoever in including programing topics here. This is not the time nor place. I would rather buy a 2nd book on Linux programing and take about 2 lbs out of this one.
The 2nd question addresses the real meat of the problem: does the book address the relative topics in sufficient detail to get you up and running.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
A great book. I just read all the reviews, and I'm guessing most are by people who have no idea what they're doing. Ppl saying the book is not for Newbies apparently never read the book "Running a Perfect Website with Linux". This book is very detailed in exactly how to set up your system and get things off the ground. It is filled with information specific to this distribution of linux also, further helping Redhat 6.x users get moving without having to make them learn that not every distribution is the same. I've read several complaints here about ppl not liking there being any programming info in the book. Why would a newbie be setting up Linux if they won't be doing programming anyway? The info is only there to help you out. If you want a book that will help you set up linux at home or work so you can do what you want it for in the first place, you will love this book. If you want to buy linux because you've never used it before and want to give it a whirl, you may want to read up on it a little BEFORE you delve into the land where only gods can tread. It isn't a toy, it is a programmer's OS. It is a design and development environment. If you don't know anything about Linux and Hardware Compatibility, for example, don't just jump in. Do some research. Then if you're interested, buy this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was seeking a source for info on Linux that was lacking in the ZDNet Intro to Unix course. This book includes the needed syntax of unix commands which are not included in most sources. The info included within this book is detailed enough to get the "job" done!
The Red Hat Linus V6.0 CD included with the book has several different install procedures - automatic (virtually) and expert. I would suggest the expert mode...a user learns more plus being in a position to solve possible hardware interaction problems, if they occur. The book walks one thru the expert install mode.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By heatmizer on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've used the Red Hat Distro of Linux since about the 4.0 period. This book is an absolutely invaluable desktop resource. Very WELL written, and the best reference book on Linux I've seen yet. Fundamentaly...Linux as an O.S. is way more powerfull and flexible, than the home user needs. Hint...If you use AOL because it's "user friendly" Linux OR this book isn't for you. For those of us that THRIVE on challenge and adventure in the world of bits and bytes...GET IT!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tweedy on December 8, 1999
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I found this book really helpful in that it has just about everything you'd need to set up and administer a Linux system in one place. Some of the chapters are better than others, and I think the programming chapters would have been probably best published in a separate book, but for installation, set-up and troubleshooting, I found it invaluable.
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