- Paperback: 584 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 9, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596006403
- ISBN-13: 978-0596006402
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linux Cookbook: Practical Advice for Linux System Administrators 1st Edition
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About the Author
Carla Schroder is a self-taught Linux and Windows sysadmin who laid hands on her first computer around her 37th birthday. Her first PC was a Macintosh LC II. Next came an IBM clone--a 386SX running MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 with a 14-inch color display--which was adequate for many pleasant hours of Doom play. Then around 1997 she discovered Red Hat 5.0 and had a whole new world to explore.
Somewhere along the way she found herself doing freelance consulting for small businesses and home users, supporting both Linux and Windows users and integrating Linux and Windows on the LAN, primarily Linux servers and Windows clients. She is the author of the Linux Cookbook for O'Reilly, and writes Linux how-tos for several computer publications.
Carla is living proof that you're never too old to try something new; computers are a heck of a lot of fun; and anyone can learn to do anything. Visit tuxcomputing.com for more Carla stuff.
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This book is good for those who have a Linux distro up-and-running ('Ubuntu', or 'Mint' perhaps), are comfortable using it, and wish to experiment with setting up some additional services using the command line and working with configuration files.
If you've got more experience, then this simply rehashes what you've already learned -- even if you don't consider yourself an 'expert'.
If you fall into the 'wanting to learn more but don't know where to start' category, then this is a great book. Think of it as 'Middle-School' or 'Jr. High' for Linux. Not quite a primer, but not for power-users either. This is a 4-or-5 star book for you.
If you fall to either side of that spectrum, then knock-off a star or two.
This makes Linux Cookbook EXTREMELY useful when it has a recipie you need, and it often gives you a good starting point when you need to do something that isn't specifically covered.
For example, let's say you need to setup a mail server, which you've never done before. As long as you're willing to use the mail tools she describes (which are perfectly good tools), then this book is the fastest way to get the job done. She also shows you how to make sure the server will be secure.
I'm glad I have this book on my shelf, I recommend it, and I refer to it whenever I need to do something new in Linux. The problem is, you can't have a step-by-step recipie for everything. When this book hits the mark, it's the best book you can have, but you cannot rely on this as your only Linux book.