Official Red Hat Linux Administrator's Guide
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Customer Rating: 1
Summary: Utter Rubbish
Comment: An absolute *waste* of money. The Index should be renamed to "Random Words". It's no more than a few one-liners and screenshots.
You'd be better off using the "man" pages or using Redhats online documentation.
I will be avoiding any books these guys bring out.
Customer Rating: 2
Summary: Only handles "smooth sailing" issues
Comment: I have a copy. It has its good points and its bad points.
+ It quickly gets you set up using the Red Hat GUI tools. Using it so set up Samba and NFS was trivial.
- It is very Red Hat specific. It only rarely talks about the underlying Linux configuration files and formats.
- If anything goes wrong (say for example permissions were set incorrectly on /etc/myConfiguration), you will have NO CLUE what to do next if the GUI tool fails. You may not even know file names.
If you want to know how to do typical configuration tasks, and you stay close to the vanilla Red Hat installation, this book may be OK.
On the other hand, if you are using any other installation, or modifying default Red Hat tools, this book doesn't really help. It will NOT tell you much about what the GUI tool actually configured for you.
Customer Rating: 1
Summary: Waste of Time and Money
Comment: When I first saw the book I was optimistic that I would be getting something that would be useful, this was my first mistake. This book has no value other than good fire starting potential, and that is questionable. Not only is the book unorganized and provides no information for the administration of Red Hat Linux, it has an index that an editor should be ashamed for letting go to press. I will never buy a book edited by REDHAT Press again. It is as if they thought working for Red Had made it alright to sell garbage to the users of Red Hat. Sincerely, Warming by the fire.