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Good, but could be improved,
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This review is from: A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (7th Edition) (Paperback)
Full disclosure: I am a UNIX/Linux system admin by profession, and we generally don't use the GUIs much. I will say I was slightly disappointed. What's weak? Coverage of systemd and pam and lvm. What's missing entirely? Network bonding, clustering and the Red Hat Satellite server. What else could it use? A whole section on command line account creation and administration. What's very good? The coverage of CUPS is one of the best. There is a lot of good information on scripting. The in-depth explanations are good. There's more, but the book is not in front of me now.
The subject of Linux is too large for a single book, and individuals have their own learning styles, but I'd say the Ghori book is the one I look at for day-to-day doing, the Jang book is a better tutorial, and this a better reference. No matter how many books you have, you will still find yourself searching the web for how-to take an lvm snapshot or shrink an ext3 filesystem or update hplip outside of the Red Hat channels. That said, if I ever take the RHCE, I will be reading this book from cover to cover first. I like the book.
Save yourself some trouble and skip the Fedora 19 iso included with the book. Download fedora 20 from the web. The installer for Fedora 19 was pretty shaky when it first came out. The F20 one worked better, and as of today, Fedora 20 is current.
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Initial post: Jun 30, 2014 7:35:05 PM PDT
Michael Hoffman says:
Thank you for giving a quick list of shortages in the book - they covered precisely what I personally wanted to know. Lack of systemd is a bit glaring, sadly.
Along with potentially one, you didn't mention: RHEL7 now includes Docker. Is that covered at all in the book? I would suspect not?
Those two just happen to be the ones I am mostly curious about and require a bit of a "mental paradigm change" and the ones that I hope to see covered in a good RHEL/CentOS reference work.
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