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ISBN-13: 978-0137021185
ISBN-10: 0137021186
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About the Author

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and he has contributed to a number of other O’Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications.

Benjamin Mako Hill
is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team, one of the first employees of Canonical, Ltd., and lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media and a researcher and Ph.D. Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137021186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137021185
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,607,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a senior systems administrator and DevOps engineer, the author of DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Ubuntu Hacks, Linux Multimedia Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference and Knoppix Hacks among other books, and an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal magazine. I speak frequently on Open Source software including at SCaLE, OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon, and a number of Linux Users' Groups. I started using Linux in 1998 with Redhat 5.1 and continue to use Linux as my primary desktop and server platform (although these days I use Ubuntu, Debian and Red Hat).

In my free time I do much of what I do at work--play with Linux and computers in general, although these days a good deal of my free time might also be spent writing. I'm also interested in brewing, BBQing, playing the banjo, 3D printing and far too many other hobbies.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jose on August 12, 2009
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I am not a Linux expert but I've been working for IT for long time ago. So, right now, I could classify myself between intermediate and beginner Linux user. That said and after reading some chapters, I can precisely say this is a good beginners Ubuntu Server book. It covers a lot of material in an easy to read and concise way. No bluff here. Some theory follow by commands or the real way to execute it. The security portion, for instance, covers Ubuntu firewall configuration easy and quick; of course, is just an intro to that complex topic but will allow you to get something running immediately if what you need or want is concise advice. DNS, DHCP, SSH, Mail Server, Web Server topics are covered here but not so in depth. Chapter 2 covers console and linux command topic also, a must for every Linux Administrator. Again, not in depth coverage but enough for basic administration I think.

That said, I like the book. Overall is a good product. Easy to read, especially when you're coming from Windows and GUI world. To get quick advices and make a service operational quickly, this book is for you. If you are a beginner Linux administrator or you are just entering into Linux world, this book is for you. But ... for in depth coverage on areas like security, DNS, Samba, Web server, this book won't fulfill your need for knowledge; Mark Sobell - A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux - is probably a better choice. In fact, I like both books, but I think "Official Ubuntu Server" is easier to understand and in order to get the facts it should be your starting point. Sobell's book is probably the most complete Ubuntu book on the market now, but coverage is so complete that if you are new to some topics, the book turn you off.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Freiberger on August 5, 2010
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I'm not a Linux admin, I like to think of myself as a experienced Windows admin who uses basic troubleshooting skills to under stand Linux. I have worked with Bind and done basic administration on Linux desktop and server level, also using Linux at home. When I was researching books to learn more about Linux I found that many books fit into two categories, either they were extremely simple, demonstrating how to use the desktop or they were extremely complex, showing every little detail of the Linux operating system.

While I understand learning from the ground up is helpful, I prefer to have a server up and running, then reverse engineer the applications how it works. For me it's much more fun to have a working model than just read about it on paper. I like to have it running, then make changes, and if it breaks the system go back and see what caused it. Maybe it's my Windows experience but I like to work more on the maintenance and administration issue than battle issues installing an application.

On this point, I searched and found by chance the Official Ubuntu Server Book at a local store. Since I was looking for more information about Ubuntu, and already had a few other books on RedHat or CentOS, I was interested how well this book would compare to the others and if it would be too technical for me.

After reading a few chapters I was sold and ended up ordering it shortly after from Amazon. What I really liked about this book is extremely clear and easy to read, which is a refreshing change from the typical Linux/UNIX book. This book is really how I would write a book for system administration. The first chapters deal with the basics of a Linux system, such as installation and essential system administration.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Gibb on January 22, 2010
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I found this book really accessible. As someone who knows Linux, but is new to server setup, this book defines new commands well and sets up clear concepts without talking down to the reader. I was also really impressed with the flow. There was never a point where I felt lost, the arrangement of the documentation was easy to follow in putting the pieces together. A great book for beginners, and an excellent reference guide to anyone who needs a refresher.
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The second updated edition of The Official Ubuntu Server Book offers an in-depth, authoritative look at the latest versions of Ubuntu Server and comes from leading members of the Ubuntu community. From the basics of installation and administration to common server applications and cloud computing, this moves from beginning to advanced topics and offers a progressive course for any Ubuntu learner. Discs contain the versions of Ubuntu Server needed for different applications - and are supported by Canonical for five years.
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