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Red Hat Linux 7.1 Bible Paperback – May 29, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0764548208 ISBN-10: 0764548204

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The most popular commercial distribution of Linux is bound to attract the largest number of neophyte users, unfamiliar with the conventions of Linux but eager to push the highly capable operating system to the extent of its capabilities. Red Hat Linux 7.1 Bible: Unlimited Edition is a great choice for these users because it documents the latest Red Hat Linux release more or less fully--superhackers and software developers will of course want even more--but does so in a reader-friendly way that's easy to approach. You can use the work of author Christopher Negus as a guided tour of features you want to learn how to use (he explains how, for example, to automate the running of programs with cron and init), or you can use it as a reference (one table, for example, lists all legal security options for Samba).

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.

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Whether you're a Linux newbie looking for goof-proof installation tips or a Red Hat veteran who wants the scoop on the latest networking, desktop, and server enhancements, this authoritative guide delivers all the information you need to make the most of Red Hat Linux 7.1. From customizing a desktop system to troubleshooting a network or setting up a Web server, it's the only reference you'll ever need to become a Red Hat Linux pro. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Red Hat Linux
  • 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
Red Hat Linux 7.1 on three CD-ROMs
  • 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).
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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 99)
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764548204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764548208
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,449,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Negus has been one of the world's leading writers of Linux books for nearly a decade. His Red Hat Linux Bible series has sold more than one-quarter million copies worldwide. Chris also authored or coauthored the books Linux Bible (2005 through 2007 editions), Linux Toys, Linux Toys II, and Linux Troubleshooting Bible for Wiley Publishing. For Prentice Hall, Chris is the editor of the Negus Live Linux Series and author of that series' flagship book, Live Linux CDs. Before becoming a full-time author, Chris Negus worked on UNIX operating system development teams at AT&T Bell Labs, UNIX System Labs, and Novell in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, Chris worked in the areas of UNIX system administration and networking. When not working on computer books, Chris likes to spend time with his family: Sheree, Seth, and Caleb. Chris also enjoys playing soccer, singing opera (when nobody can hear him), and making things out of old computers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be pretty much a rerun of previous editions. The primary reason I bought this "Linux 7.1 Bible" is that by the name I thought it would cover this Linux release including all new additions. The main thing I was looking for was a good explantion of iptables and how to correctly use them since this is supposed to replace ipchains and be much more powerful. What I found was the author mentions that iptables is the newest firewall configuration tool and is to replace ipchains and here's the website for the How To (which I had already visited) and in this book we'll explain once again how to setup ipchains (which he just said was being replaced). If you don't have other books on installing and setting up previous versions of Linux this book might do, but if you want information on the new additions to the 7.x versions don't waste your money like I did.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chiodini on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I will admit, I am pretty new to the whole Linux world, but I have read a lot of books on this OS and have been running Red Hat 7.1 for about 2 months now. In my oppinion, most books on Red Hat pretty much suck. They are for the beginner or the advanced user. I have bought this book, and I must admit that so far it is the best book on Red Hat that I have read (This is now my 5th book on Linux). It is set up for the beginner, in so much as how to install the OS (And I have to say goes into a lot more detail than most) all the way through useing, maintaining, networking, upgrading and (most important) useing the OS. Another thing about this book that I liked is that it is one of the only books out at this time that talks about the 7.1 release. All of my other books have been based on the 7.0 release. It can be a little dry reading at times but this is generally due to a lack of intrest on my part to the subject being discussed at that moment in the book. My opinion... If you only get one book on Red Hat Linux, get this one, it's all you will need to get you up and running and keep you there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Carlson on September 23, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nicely organized by topic, this book is great for Linux newbies.
Includes the full RH7.1 installation CDs, book + CDs are half the price of the RH Deluxe Workstation (and with more printed docs).
However, you won't get RH installation support or the "Powertools" with this book (you can get Staroffice, etc. free over the net if you have a fast connection.)
If you're not a Linux beginner, look for a sysadmin book instead.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Save your money and ready the online pdf's that come with RedHat
This book is painly light on examples that are useful to anyone let alone the un-initiated.
Save your money, and avoid this completely.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kerke on July 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Good book specially if you are totally new to Linux, like me. It doesn't have a lot of command line examples though -- then again this is not a reference book -- I'd also like to see more screenshots. In many instances, the author refers to Redhat Linux 7.1 as "OpenLinux", which is another comapany's (Caldera) Linux distribution. Many of the procedures on the book don't work at all when you run them on RH 7.1.
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