Though some pages are taken up with notes about games and other stuff for which people don't typically buy books, this volume is remarkably free of padding. The inclusion of Red Hat Linux 7.1 on three companion CD-ROMs adds to the book's value. Though you'll want more if you intend to use Linux as a platform for really heavy-duty server work or programming, this book will very likely answer most of your questions if you want to configure the operating system as a workstation or a straightforward server for home or small-office use. --David Wall
Topics covered: Red Hat Linux 7.1 for use as a personal workstation or a server with uncomplicated configuration requirements. Installation and configuration of users, devices, and software comes first, followed by discussion of local area network (LAN) configuration. Matters of setting up Linux as server for files, printers, mail messages, and other standard services fill about half this book.
From the Back Cover
- Take advantage of expert tips for fast, painless installation
- Learn your way around the Linux shell, file system, and X Window system
- Master Linux administration, from automating system tasks to locking in security
- Discover how easy it is to set up a LAN and connect to the Internet
- Find expert help on tracking down and fixing typical network problems
- Get the scoop on configuring servers, from Web and print servers to e-mail and FTP servers
- GNOME and KDE
- Apache Web Server
- New Linux 2.See the last page for details.A minimum of 800MB free hard drive space (2.4GB recommended). At least 16MB RAM (32MB recommended).