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Red Hat Linux 7 Bible Paperback – December 27, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0764547782 ISBN-10: 076454778X

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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 100)
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (December 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076454778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764547782
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,846,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Negus has been working with UNIX systems, the Internet, and (more recently) Linux systems for nearly two decades. Over that time, Chris worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, UNIX System Laboratories, and Novell helping to develop the UNIX operating system. Features from many of the UNIX projects Chris worked on at AT&T have found their way into Red Hat and other Linux systems.
During the past few years, Chris has written several books on UNIX and the Internet, including the Internet Explorer 4 Bible and Netscape Plug-ins for Dummies for IDG Books Worldwide. He also co-authored several books for Que Corporation, including the Complete Idiot's Guide to Networking (second edition) and Using UNIX(second edition). Chris' other writings include articles for Internet World, NetWare Connection, and Visual Developer magazines.
At home, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Sheree, and his boys, Caleb and Seth. His hobbies include soccer, singing, exercising with Sheree, and hiking the Wasatch mountains near his home in Salt Lake City, UT. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Anyway, it wasn't a very good experience.
Melody Of Joy
All in all, well organized, clearly written and explained, and a very pleasant find.
No mention is made anywhere on the cover that the kernel code is not included.
Jack E. Ekwall

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melody Of Joy on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought RedHat Linux 5.2 when it first came out a couple of years ago. All it had was a 96 page installation guide. Anyway, it wasn't a very good experience. I did something wrong and lost everything on my hard drive. *Gasp!* I've stayed away from Linux ever since then...
But now not anymore! I wanted to give Linux another try and I shopped around for a good basic guide to Red Hat Linux. From the fair and honest reviews that this book, Red Hat Linux Bible, received on this page, I thought that this would be the best book to help me install the operating system and be able to configure and work with it.
Installation was much easier this time around. I think it was due more to my previous experience and being super cautious, but Mr. Negus' explanations and advice on what to expect during installation and the various types of installations helped out a bit.
But what is the most helpful feature of Red Hat Linux Bible is that it's an extremely good reference. There are so many features in Linux and the amount of programs included as part of the Red Hat Linux distribution, that I'm quite amazed that the author was able to cover as much as he did! The layout of the book is quite easy on the eyes. He gave good descriptions to many of the programs and features of Linux, and provided some of the most useful commands for each program or feature to get the beginner started. Of course, if he went on into an indepth treatise on *each* and *every* program or feature, the book would no longer be a "bible", but more like an encyclopedia, so he points the reader to the corresponding man pages (Linux' manual or information system) or web sites (so far I haven't found any dead links!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken McDonald on March 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. The step-by-step instructions are great. I used this book to set-up my first Linux server - an old 486dx100 machine. It runs the network in my house - 3 machines - all connected to a cable modem. My computer, my girlfriend's, my kid's. All thru the Red Hat/Apache server. Great book, and the software is included. Free! This is a no brainer. $80 for Red Hat direct OR . . . $40 for a good manual AND Red Hat - DUH! Buy it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "tall_guy" on October 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have some experience with UNIX, largely from my early-1990's college discovery of the Internet, but I did not make the switch to Linux until a few months ago (primarily because a friend who works for Microsoft kept telling me that Windows "can't do that"). Upon following the instructions of a co-worker and installing Red Hat 6.2 on my PC, I found that my knowledge of Linux was more limited than I had thought - I could not, for example, figure out how to configure my sound card. That's when I bought the "bible."
This book will walk you through installation, configuration, and the use of various system utilities. It includes chapters that explain how to set up an Apache web server and install downloaded software like Xemacs. It is very thorough and the tone is geared toward folks like me who have some experience, but are not experts.
However, the information is not always presented in a logical fashion. Often, I find myself scrutinizing the index repeatedly while looking for information on a particular topic. Further, the author assumes that you are using Gnome or KDE, and there are few examples for true command-line geeks.
I still recommend this book to anybody who is making the switch from Windows to Red Hat (did I mention that the book *includes* Red Hat 6.1?). The introductory chapters will get you up and running, and by then, you'll have a good reference book at your disposal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim K on January 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been administering Red Hat Linux servers for about 3-years. Up until version 6 we used Linux exclusively as a web server. Version 6 brought a lot more power to Linux and we started using it for mail and many other things. When I found out about version 7.0, I was excited and ran out to buy it and any book I could find. I bought the Red Hat Linux 7 Bible and couldn't have been more disappointed. In fact, it was confusing to say the least. It appears to me that the author rushed out to get a new book in print and failed to do his homework. The basics of this book are good, but it doesn't cover all of the major changes that happened in 7.0. For example, many of the file locations have been moved and this book does not always get it right, the services such as inetd have been updated to xinetd and this book referrers to the old way of doing things, and the book doesn't adequately cover security, samba, open SSH and many other important features. This book, and most of the others that I have found, do not adequately cover the changes in Red Hat Version 7.
Red Hat Linux 7 Bible is fine for beginners, or if you don't have any other Linux books in your library. However, if you are looking for a good how-to book, skip this one. FYI, the best book I have found on Linux so far is Red Hat Linux 6 Server by Mohammed J. Kabir. Of course, this book only covers version 6+, but it is far better and more comprehensive than the Red Hat Linux 7 Bible.
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