- Paperback: 1178 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3rd edition (August 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596003439
- ISBN-13: 978-0596003432
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Æleen Frisch has been a system administrator for over 20 years, tending a plethora of VMS, Unix, and Windows systems over the years. Her current system administration responsibilities center on looking after a very heterogeneous network of Unix and Windows NT/2000/XP systems. She is also a writer, lecturer, teacher, marketing consultant and occasional database programmer. She has written eight books, including Essential System Administration (now in its third edition), Essential Windows NT System Administration and the Windows 2000 Desktop Reference (all from O'Reilly Media, Inc.) and Exploring Chemistry with Electronic Structure Methods (Gaussian, Inc.). Currently, she writes the "Guru Guidance" column for Linux Magazine. She also writes poetry and is currently working on her first novel.
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But outside of that, and that's kind of a nitpick it's always good to learn the history and fundamentals in software, this book hits on the areas that you are most likely to run into in a system administrator position, and since it's not JUST about Unix,or Linux, but rather about * nix systems in general, it seems like a well rounded book. I like the fact that the chapters are organized into TASK areas, and then get into the details about how to do that task effectively and what's important about that task. It really speed things up if you have already outgrown your "first" Linux book (for beginners).
You could go into this as a beginner, but I'd recommend "How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know" if you just want to get a handle on what a modern Linux system is and you want to start from scratch.
This books should probably be a second or third choice, but it's a solid buy and there is a TON of material here in those 1077 pages!
Also, you may also want to check out 'Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook". I couldn't really say which is better, probably the latter, but I'm glad I have both because Linux is a HUGE subject and it's nice to have complementary material. I would say that this book really hits on the major areas of *nix administration in a logical easy to follow way. But on the other hand, the other title mentioned above goes into a ton of specific areas and covers a lot of newer tools and is more Linux focused.
If I HAD to choose between this one or the "handbook" above, I'd go with the latter, but if you can afford it, get BOTH because they do approach different materials and in their own way.
This author takes you beyond the "user" status to the point where you can tinker with the controls to good effect. The classes and user group discussions are still essential, but it is good to have it all collected between covers.
I recently bought this as a gift for a college graduate who was embarking on a sysadmin career, and it was very well-received.