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Red Hat Linux 7.2 Unleashed Paperback – December 12, 2001

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With the advent of the new 2.4-series kernels, a new XFree86 architecture and distribution, and advances soon slated to hit the KDE and GNOME markets, the time is ripe to craft the definitive and classic intermediate to advanced work covering Red Hat Linux. Red Hat Linux 7.2 Unleashed does not incorporate any previous material. All chapters concentrate on Red Hat Linux software and tools, and more specifically those software packages included with Red Hat Linux. There is new topic coverage in areas such as:

* The architecture of the new Linux kernel;
* Use of the new version 4.0 of the rpm command;
* USB;
* KDE 2.1/2.2;
* GNOME 1.4;
* Ximian GNOME;
* Broadband access issues, routing, gateways, firewalling (SOHO networking);
* Support for new filesystems;
* The new XFree86 architecture and features;
* Disk tuning;
* New printing services (Red Hat now uses LPRng) ;
* Security.

About the Author

Bill Ball is the best-selling author of a dozen books about Linux, including several previous editions of Red Hat Linux Unleashed, Que's Using Linux, and Sams Publishing's SuSE Linux Unleashed. He is a technical writer, editor, and magazine journalist, and has been using computers for the past 26 years. He first edited books for Que in 1986, and wrote one of the first best-selling Linux books, Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours, in 1997. He has long been a fan of Linux and XFree86, and uses the software on Intel-based PCs, the Apple PowerMac, and MIPS platforms. He is an active member of the Northern Virginia Linux Users Group (NOVALUG), and lives in the Shirlington area of Arlington, Va. He can be contacted through Rich Blum has worked for the past 13 years as a network and systems administrator for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. There, he has been using UNIX operating systems as an FTP server, TFTP server, e-mail server, mail list server, and network monitoring device in a large networking environment. Rich currently serves on the board of directors for Traders Point Christian Schools, and is active on the computer support team at the school, helping support a Microsoft network in the classrooms and computer lab of a small K-8 school. Rich has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Management, specializing in Management Information Systems, both from Purdue University. When Rich isn't being a computer nerd, he is either playing electric bass for the church worship band, or spending time with his wife Barbara and two daughters, Katie Jane and Jessica. Tige D. Chastain ( received his Bachelor's of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He has contributed to the GNOME project, working on the Procman application that will be incorporated into the GNOME 2.0 Desktop. He has previously been published by Tech Republic ( for an article on the Network+ Exam, a certification he also holds. Tige is currently working as an Oracle DBA for a small consulting firm in Indianapolis, where he is also a Network Administrator and instructor for Linux and Oracle classes. An avid Linux fan, Tige is constantly reconfiguring his seven servers to experiment with toys that he's not allowed to play with at work. He lives with his wife, Misty, and dog, Cheyenne, in Anderson, IN. Hoyt Duff ( plays cocktail piano on the weekends and tends to a family-owned sport fishing pier during the week. Currently writing the "Desktop" column for Linux Format magazine in the UK, he has enjoyed Linux for the past three years because he can "fix it until it breaks" again and again and again. David B. Horvath, CCP is a Senior Consultant in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area. He has been in the field for more than fifteen years and is also a part-time adjunct professor at local colleges, teaching topics that include C++ Programming, UNIX, and Database Techniques. He complete his Master's of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He has provided seminars and workshops to professional societies and corporations on and international basis. David is the author of UNIX for the Mainframe (Prentice-Hall/PTR), coauthor of Sams Teach Yourself C++ for Linux in 21 Days, contributing author to UNIX Unleashed Second Edition (with cover credit), Red Hat Linux Unleashed (various editions), Using UNIX, Second Edition (Que), UNIX Unleashed Third Edition, Learn Shell Programming in 24 Hours, Linux Unleashed Fourth Edition, and has written numerous magazine articles. When not at the keyboard working or writing, he can be found

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (December 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067232282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672322822
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,539,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Rogoiyo on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book, I was using a previous edition (Red Hat Linux 7 Unleashed) to help me configure Red Hat Linux 7.2, which I had downloaded and installed. I bought it because I realized that there were some important changes in version 7.2 which were not addressed in the older book. I have been quite disappointed with the new book, compared to previous editions. Overall, the book tends to skimp over important subjects. For example, the treatment of networking issues and concepts (subnets, masks, etc) is desultory compared to previous editions. The treatment of DNS is only marginally better. The book is next to useless in configuring sendmail; I had to resort to the older text to get any valuable information. The book is similarly lacking in other topics. Indeed, it seems that the authors basically updated their previous edition and then rushed to press. In the process, they left out a great deal of useful information (going by previous editions) and also left in information that is irrelevant to version 7.2. To give but one example, the book talks about the linuxconf tool, but fails to mention that this is deprecated in version 7.2. All told, the impression one gets is that the authors didn't really study version 7.2. The result is a partial (and not very well done) job. The length of the book might actually be an indicator of its overall shortcoming: it is fully 253 pages shorter than the previous version I'm referring to. I feel somewhat short-changed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benoit Launier on May 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I very seldom make reviews, and God knows that I've read hundreds of computer books, but this book takes the cake. As a newcomer to the Linux environment, I bought this book to help me get Red Hat Linux installed, configured, and run MySQL or ProsgreSQL for a database project. Well, if you don't have friends that know Linux well enough to interpretate the book's acronym-loaded jargon, and to fill the 'between the lines' that the book omits everywhere, this book is useless. It reads like if you already knew everything, why would I buy a book if I already knew it all? It talks about too many things, but none are useable in real world. I needed to reinstall Red Hat 6 times, for it to come on. The answers did not come from the book, they came from the supplied CDs installation help. Once in the KDE environment, I could not get to MySQL nor ProsgreSQL no matter what I tried from the book's individual programs (MySQL, postgreSQL) initializing process. The only reason that I give it one star, is for the Red Hat Linux CDs included, otherwise I'd say that the package is totally useless. If you are new to Linux or Unix, even if you are very knowledgeable in other OS, this book leaves you at ground zero and makes you feel as if Linux was unpenetrable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2002
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This book skims over topics. Nothing I've needed so far has been discussed in any depth. Not a single question I've had has been answered by this book - you're better off using Red Hat's online help than purchasing this monster. This book's helpful hints consist of telling you that yes, you have 2 options in this part of the install. NO explanation, no elaboration. Time to buy another Linux 7.2 book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on April 22, 2002
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In my opinion this book is nearly worthless. I am a computer savy hobbiest learning how to create a personal web site. The books I used for PHP and MySQL are generally geared towards using those programs under Linux. I picked up this book to try to learn and install Linux. It has been a complete waste of money. The book covers many topics but NONE of them in depth. It repeatedly tells you to look at the man pages and other online sources for info, offering no explanations. It also tells you to ask your 'system administrator' to install or configure components. Hello! That's me. I've found much more helpful info online. Don't waste your money on this one!
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