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Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition

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Average Customer Rating: 4.41

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Excellent Coverage of Linux Administration
Comment: I can't say enough about this book. First of all, I appreciate the fact that the author doesn't assume I'm an idiot. I especially appreciate that he uses the introduction of each chapter to not only cover how the subsystem works as a whole, but how it came to be the way it is. After reading this, I don't feel like the hows and whys of everything is so arbitrary and as a result, I've become a better troubleshooter.

The author covers all of the major subsystems (printing, disks, etc.) in a very clear and organized manner. His writing style is fluid, personal, and makes me feel like he's along for the ride of getting everything configured with you. My favorite chapter is actually the networking chapter where the author goes into detail about how TCP/IP actually works from the point of view of a system administrator who has to troubleshoot networks as well as systems. As any sysadmin will tell you, if it's plugged into a wall, you're responsible for it.

Anyway, if you want to learn how to be a system, buy this book.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Linux administration made EASY
Comment: Steve did a wonderful job with this book. He answers nearly all the important questions you have before finishing the book. It has a really good section on firewalls in Linux as well as compiling your own kernel. The section on DNS was really quite nice. I always had a difficult time understanding DNS in Linux until reading this book and have successfully set up DNS on a Linux Server. The CD in the book didn't work, but that's OK...Linux can be downloaded for free...

If you've been afraid to really get your hands dirty setting up a Linux server, you've run out of excuses. Steve Shah's book will get you through it.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Awesome Beginner book for linux
Comment: If your the type of person who handling Windows for a couple of years now and want to discover the infamous Linux great potential and save TCO of your company, then try read this book first and see for yourself =), it's awesome!!!!