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SUSE Linux 9 Bible Paperback – January 28, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764577390 ISBN-10: 0764577395 Edition: 1st

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If SUSE Linux 9 can do it, you can do it, too ...

SUSE is the oldest commercial Linux distribution, favored in Europe and rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. Whether you're just discovering Linux or switching from another distribution, this comprehensive reference gives you not only the "how-to" information, but also a thorough understanding of Linux principles and possibilities. Learn to install SUSE and configure it with YaST, use the command line, set up network services, incorporate SUSE Linux into your enterprise, and so much more.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of SUSE Linux 9

  • Install SUSE Linux using YaST, manual installation, or other methods
  • Explore the use of system logs and the X Window system
  • Unlock the power of the command line for text editing, package maintenance, and advanced networking
  • Implement major network services, including Web servers, mail servers, and file and print servers
  • Set up Windows® interoperability with Samba
  • Run an FTP server and work with NFS and LDAP
  • Examine enterprise architecture, explore the Linux kernel, and understand the Standard and OpenExchange servers

About the Author

Justin Davies has been a Linux user since the age of 15, after getting frustrated at the (lack of) features in DOS. After University, he became a technical consultant at SUSE Linux, where he became very interested in Linux on non-Intel architecture. After a stint as a Unix administrator post-SUSE, he joined the world of the value-added reseller and now works for SCC as an enterprise solutions architect, helping organizations realize that Linux is a viable business solution.

After working as a teacher of mathematics and as deputy head of an independent school in London, Roger Whittaker discovered Linux in 1996 and became increasingly interested (some would say obsessed). When SUSE Linux opened its U.K. office in 1999, he changed careers and worked as a technical and training consultant until early 2004, when he moved to a position in London as a Linux consultant at CSF, a leading supplier of enterprise information technology solutions. He is a Council member of UKUUG, the U.K.’s Unix and Open Systems user group.

William von Hagen has been a Unix system administrator for over 20 years and a Linux fanatic since the early 1990s. He has worked as a systems programmer, system administrator, writer, application developer, programmer, drummer, and content manager. Bill has written books on such topics as Linux filesystems, Red Hat Linux, GCC, SGML, Mac OS X, and hacking the TiVo. He has written numerous articles on Linux, Unix, and open source topics for publications including Linux Magazine, Linux Format, and Mac Format. An avid computer collector specializing in workstations, he owns more than 200 computer systems.


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Product Details

  • Series: Bible
  • Paperback: 675 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764577395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764577390
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,923,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Simonin on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I am moving to Novell SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 from RedHat Linux 9 Professional. I wanted something new instead of migrating to RedHat Workstation or Fedora. SuSE Linux 9 Bible gives good detail on installation using YaST. The book goes through disk partitioning, the fundamentals of the Linux System, RPM packages, networking, administration and desktop customization. I thought the book was better than RedHat Linux 9 Bible which I purchased 2 years ago. The book comes with Linux 9.1 on a CD. This is good for a newbie to mid-level administrators. If you are doing anything fancy you can get the official Novell SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 User and Administration Guides on-line and in PDF format. SuSE is an exceptional Linux System and with Novell and IBM's backing could tip the scales away from RedHat Linux. I give it "Daumen Oben" ("thumbs up" in German).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Byrne on May 3, 2005
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It is surprising to find that a book on SUSE Linux 9 with 665 pages of small print (TOO small) contains so little useful information for someone like me--a Windows user wanting to migrate to SUSE Linux for home use. Most of the book covers topics too advanced for Linux beginners. For example, there are ten chapters on implementing network services, another four chapters on "SUSE Linux in the Enterprise", and six more on using the command line.

Meanwhile, there is very little info on basic topics such as working with applications. For example, a distinctive aspect of SUSE is its inclusion of Rekall as a default database application (a possible replacement for Microsoft Access or similar software); to this important subject the book devotes a grand total of two sentences. For another example, doing backups and archives in linux can be confusing to a newcomer, but barely a page is devoted to them.

In a nutshell, this book may be useful for advanced users, but it does not qualify as a "bible" for "reader level: beginning to advanced." For new linux users, a better choice would be a 2005 book by Thomas Keir: Beginning SUSE Linux From Novice to Professional.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Keller on March 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I will agree with the other reviews and add a couple of examples where the book slacked a bit.

The coverage isn't as complete as I expected and the index is slacking a bit. As an example there isn't any reference to pico which is part of the standard installation, only vim. Something like the power management setting to keep the monitor from blacking out isn't mentioned anywhere. The words "power" and "management" are not entries in the index. As a final index example, chmod is listed but the only reference refers to a location where it isn't the primary topic but is only mentioned in passing. The page where it is explained in detail isn't listed.

Other than that, it is really the most up to date coverage of SUSE presently available and remains without competition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wolf on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review in order to give back to the on-line community who before me, helped with my book selections.
This book was very helpful to me in my transition from Windows to Linux and continues to be a tremendous hardcopy resource to supplement SuSE's excellent on-line documentation and support forums.
I found the chapters covering installation and linux filesystems very informative and easy to understand if you have had prior experience setting up your own computer under DOS or Windows. SuSE's YaST automates all of this for you of course, but the book helps explain the various install options and partitioning and filesystem strategies for more expert users and advanced installations.
Implementing network services and Windows interoperability was most important to me and this book was very helpful in getting things up and running using the SAMBA client and server software. Also of interest was the section on setting up a Web site using Apache Server, and running Mail, DHCP, DNS, NFS, and FTP services.
The book also covers many of the fundamentals of Linux, including use of the bash shell, the command-line interface, and various built-in commands and tools for manipulating files, accessing documentation and fine-tuning your system.
Another important section of the book covers the installation of software applications using RPM's, an automated system that makes it as easy as installing on a Windows system, but better!
The book also covers Linux in the Enterprise and goes beyond my immediate needs in a home office environment, but you never know!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
SUSE is to Linux in Europe what Red Hat was in the United States. That is, it's pretty much the standard distribution. In the United States Red Hat now moving to Fedora and away from selling a box product. At the same time Novell and SUSE have teamed up which should give SUSE more mind share than it had before.

At any rate, SUSE (Suz-A) was one of the very first distributions that produced a packaged product (and is still around). It comes with the YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) installation and administration program. This book is supplied with SUSE 9.1 (including YaST) on a DVD.

Chapter 1 of the book starts off with selecting your language (would you believe it offers Magyar) and then goes through the various installation screens, explaining what the various options mean as you go along.

This book covers just the operating system and a few programs that are very closely tied to the OS such as web, ftp, DNS and mail servers. The book does not cover such things as MySQL, just the OS. I don't consider this a problem because the amount of coverage you could give to MySQL in a chapter would be only enough to get you in trouble. And besides you might want to use Postgre instead.

Excellent book.
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