- Series: Definitive
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (July 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430219300
- ISBN-13: 978-1430219309
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Definitive Guide to CentOS 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Hailing from the U.K., Peter Membrey has worked for Red Hat, holds a RHCE certification, and worked and taught at a number of educational institutions since the beginning of his career. He knows what Linux users like and need, and hopes that CentOS will get the kudos it deserves. He lives in Hong Kong and is teaching and consulting on all matters to do with Linux Enterprise networking, while studying for his master's degree.
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The first third of the book is dedicated to installation, yum, and Apache configuration. This information is not even as good as the existing information on the CentOS How-To pages on their web site.
The section that I found useful was on setting up virtual private networks. The book does a reasonable job of explaining this, but I find it hard to understand what sets this apart from any other Linux installation.
Don't get me wrong, the book does have value, but if you are looking for the definitive guide to setting up and configuring your CentOS-specific installation, this is definitely not the book for you.
But this particular book is outstanding. I have been using Unix and Linux for a long time and this book--in a humorous fashion--explained to me why things are they way they are and why. The author speaks the Queen's English very well and has a very dry sense of humor that he tosses in variously.
So, if you like me need to stand up a CentOS server and maintain it, this book is just what the doctor ordered.
I recommend it heartily.
[Full disclosure: I do not know the author or anyone related to him or any person or entity attached to the book. This review is objective and honest.]
I highly recommend this book for individuals who want to learn an enterprise Linux OS, and those who already use CentOS but don't have a solid foundation of knowledge. This book is not for advanced users of Linux, you'll only be bored. But for someone like me, a beginner/intermediate, this book was very useful and a pleasure to read.
Also, this is one of the very few books this year that I didn't find any incorrect spellings or bad grammar. Thank you!
Getting Started with CentOS ...
This is the first section of the book and spans 4 chapters. It answers the questions, why choose CentOS, installation and where to download the files from, a few basic commands and how to patch your fresh install with the latest updates using the YUM tool. YUM stands for ' Yellow Dog Updater, Modified '; beautiful, I was loving it already. The installation assumes CentOS 5.2; the present release is 6.2 ( as of January 2012 ) which I installed. In the space of a few days I had a fresh CentOS box up and running. The book took me through the steps one at a time. No problems; could it be this simple !.
Going into Production ...
The second section of the book. It spans 6 chapters and introduces ( keyword ) Apache web server ( Yes, LAMP platform here we go ), DNS, DHCP, Mail, Samba and Virtual Private Networks .... Ahh no database chapter. Reality bites !. Nevertheless, being a complete novice only some weeks previous, I now had grasped enough bite sized knowledge and terminology to explore the CentOS website, documentation and forums and other web resources to locate the remaining snippets of information I required to install and configure MySQL. The book now moves from a step by step, do as I say approach to become more of a guide to the features ( the bells and whistles if you like ) of CentOS. It uses Apache, Samba, DNS etc. etc. configuration files to nudge you in the right direction but more in-depth knowledge will be required to move from installation, beyond configuration and finally to release.
The last section ( Enterprise Features ) presents Core Builds, High Availability and Network Monitoring. Suffice to say it would be possible to devote books to these areas; this book introduces only the basics.
I would recommend the book as a good purchase for those completely new to CentOS; indeed Linux in general would perhaps be more apt. The areas I found the book to lack in would be security configuration, essential CentOS/Linux commands to gather system information, status of services, maintenance, file creation etc. etc.. All in all though I loved the book and would certainly recommend it.