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Red Hat Linux (v 5.2) Unleashed 3rd Edition

3.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0672314100
ISBN-10: 067231410X
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The darling of the open-source movement, Linux offers up a tinkerer's dream: the ability to configure, manipulate, and (potentially) improve absolutely everything about the operating system. Red Hat Linux Unleashed recognizes the central desire of Linux adopters--control over just about everything (including the source code). The book devotes copious pages to step-by-step instructions to accompany the Red Hat installation CD-ROM.

Red Hat Linux Unleashed explains some troubleshooting techniques, mostly by detailing prevention. The authors want readers to understand the processes underlying Linux in order to make intelligent decisions about system maintenance. A good portion of the book deals with network administration, including chapters on STMP & POP, FTP, and security issues. For those looking to host Web servers, the specifics of Apache, Domain Name Systems (DNS), Network Information Service (NIS) client/server database systems, and Network File System (NFS) software all receive ample coverage.

While Red Hat Linux Unleashed does try to be all things to all people, the authors acknowledge the impossibility of this mandate. They sprinkle URLs throughout the book, encouraging readers to visit other locations for more in-depth coverage. A strong overall resource, Red Hat Linux Unleashed is a good place to start for Linux installation. --Jennifer Buckendorff

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1020 pages
  • Publisher: SAMS PUBLISHING; 3rd edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067231410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672314100
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,788,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I bought this book, and found in several instances it was incorrect, or just plan lacked any depth.
Example 1: Page 107 (3rd edition) talks about windows managers, and talks about CDE. Red hat has dropped CDE. Its not even on the Disk. but the book spends about 10 pages talking about it.
Example 2: the discussion of INN is very very lacking. It also, gives steps on setting it up, but doesn't go into how to implement the steps (ooppps). example: "create a new user news and add the user to the news group...." (Excuse me, but I bought this book, because I don't KNOW how do do these things).
I will be returning the book and buying a different one.
Buyer Be ware!,
Probably should have looked to WROX professional series for answers....
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This is a love letter to what was my first exposure to Linux after 14 years.

This book was like having my own personal fast-speaking geek who would rattle off everything you can do with Linux, but never slow down enough to really tell you how to do any of it (though the crash course in shell scripting came in handy later).

That said, this book was the perfect combination of tools and inspiration to hook me into a phenomenon just as it went from obscure to excitingly promising. That was well worth every penny I earned serving fast food to pay for it in high school.
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I bought this book because it was the only book reviewing my flavor of Linux, RedHat 5.2.
It is comprehensive and expansive and includes the CDs you would get from Red Hat anyway, with the addition of the thorough book and everyday reference.
I found an article that said the fastest benchmark of a povray rendering is the Cray supercomputer costing $5.5 Million until some scientists got together and linked a harem of Pentium II Xeons for $150,000 and matched matched the Cray's time. Of course, running the Red Hat they bought out of the back of a RH Unleashed Book.
So, with all that and the tide of change, it is a prudent choice, if you ask me!
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Overall I believe the book is a good buy. However, there were two things I found disappointing.
The first was the fact that the CDE window manager was not included on the CD's even though the book made it sound like it was (Page 107). See customer comment titled "A reader from USA , April 4, 1999".
Secondly I didn't think there was enough information on partitioning. The book recommends setting up partitions (/usr, /home, /, /var) to name a few, but it doesn't recommend how much space to dedicate to each. The first time I set up the partitions and installed the packages I ran out of disk space for the targeted partition /usr. I had to go back and allocate more space to /usr and try again. The second time through it worked. No big deal. However, after using Linux for several weeks and after I had configured X windows, I discovered that I should have devoted more space to /usr and a little less to /home (since I'm running this as a workstation and not a server; I only have one user- myself). There should have been more information about what each of the partitions recommended by the book are for. The book does mention that if you wish to install the entire CD you will need x number of bytes free on your disk, but which of the partitions should have the free space?
Besides that this book is good for a technical person that is new to Linux. I was able to have my system running Linux in a short time with few headaches that I could blame the book for. Always reference more than one source. There are plenty of web sites that can help. Part of being a computer geek is just trial and error.
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If you're thinking of buying a Linux book, do _not_ buy this one. This book is _so_ full of errors! For example, as a part of setting up user accounts by hand, the author gives a set of instructions. Here's what's in the book (p.480):
1. cd /home/new_users_name ex. cd /home/tpowell
2. chown -R username.group ex. chown -R tpowell.user
3. chmod -R go=u, go-w
4. chmod go= .
Step 1 is correct. However, step 2 is missing something that causes it to fail and, of course, he doesn't explain what in the heck it's doing so you are totally on your own. Step 2 should read:
chown -R username.group .
That final dot is _very_ important! But he leaves it out and then leaves it up to you to figure out what is wrong! Since I'm a seasoned expert on figuring out stuff like this, I found it but I really feel sorry for a poor novice. This is the kind of thing that makes people go running back into the arms of Bill Gates!
Save your money and go to the Red Hat mirror of the Linux Documentation Project.
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Granted I've been working off and on with Unix systems for a few years now, but when I decided to build a Linux box on my second PC I found the book a phenomenal resource.
For a *complete* beginner to Linux it may lack too many details, but for most people who enjoy getting inside of an OS and their computer this book explains not only the 'how', but also the 'why'. Details the book outlines are ample enough so that if you aren't able to gather all the info you need to get something to work, you are informed enough to search for the remaining info you require on the online Linux resources.
Granted, more details would have been beneficial in some areas, but overall I found the book not only a 'must read', but a 'must have'.
For Windows users: before criticizing the book, realize first that the Linux OS is different from the Win9X platforms. Win9X was designed for beginners, and NT for advanced users; Linux should really only be considered by people with extensive interest in an OS with a very steep learning curve.
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