- Series: Secrets
- Paperback: 1100 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764547712
- ISBN-13: 978-0764547713
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,631,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Hat Linux 7.1 Secrets 1st Edition
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Linux, being the product of thousands of programmers all over the world, is packed with quirks, shortcuts, and hidden efficiencies. Your discovery of these can come as the result of a lot of experimentation, or with the help of people who surveyed the territory before you arrived. Red Hat Linux 7.1 Secrets exists to flatten the learning curve that exists between everyday Linux competence and real expertise. That's not to say that this book is all high-level obscurities that most people won't care about. Indeed, a lot of it is taken up with fundamental stuff like mounting disks and installing RPM files. It's a fine mix for Linux users who flit between Red Hat and other operating systems and need review from time to time, but who also want to work some real magic when they're under Linux.
A typical section deals with how to configure printers for text and graphics work. Naba Barkakati explains how to configure printers, naturally, but also goes into some detail about setting up filters to deal with the "staircase effect" and other problems. The networking chapters go into greater depth on the Domain Naming System (DNS) and the functioning of Linux DNS servers than most Linux books, and there's quite a bit of coverage of modifying and recompiling the new kernel in Red Hat 7.1. All told, this one's a fine Red Hat Linux book. --David Wall
Topics covered: Red Hat Linux 7.1 for intermediate and accomplished users of any earlier version of Linux. A copy of Red Hat Linux 7.1 comes with the book on three companion CD-ROMs, and the book deals with installation, networking, administrating, and writing software for the operating system.
From the Back Cover
Red Hat(r) Linux(r) 7.1 Secrets(r) Packed with shortcuts, tune-ups, fixes, and workarounds, this one-of-a-kind guide is all you need to get more done with Red Hat Linux 7.1. From troubleshooting configuration problems and tweaking GNOME to setting up the Apache server and writing Perl scripts, Linux guru Naba Barkakati delivers hundreds of Red Hat Linux secrets that will take your productivity to a new level. Take control of Red Hat Linux
* Get back on track if you misconfigure X (see Chapter 3)
* Troubleshoot printer configuration problems (see Chapter 6)
* Save time with ed, vi, and emacs shortcuts (see Chapter 14)
* Streamline ppp configuration with the Dialup Configuration Tool (see Chapter 16)
* Set up NFS and Samba for file sharing (see Chapter 22)
* Understand the ins and outs of kernel upgrades and patches (see Chapter 25)
* Get the scoop on securing your Linux system (see Chapter 26)
* Unlock the secrets of shell scripting (see Chapter 28)
* Discover the tricks of writing GUI applications (see Chapter 30)
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I think this book could deserve 5 stars, but I'm loathe to give a rating that high, since it was still impossible to get FULL functionality out of my laptop with USB ZIP drive. That may not be the book's fault... laptops are such wickedly proprietary beasts. There are other little nitpicky things, too, but that's personal taste. I have another Linux book that's primarily SHELL commands, which compliments this quite well.
It's worth $..., especially if you have no other Linux books. It touches on a lot of advanced topics and will fuel your thirst for more Red Hat knowledge.
Most of the errors were related to file locations for 6.2. Before you cut and paste, you need to check what you paste. Author needs to spend more time with 7.1 if he is going to write a book about 7.1.