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Red Hat Linux 9 Professional Secrets

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Great tutorial-reference: Best buy!
Comment: I wrote this book as a practical guide that not only gets you going with Red Hat Linux 9 installation and configuration, but also shows you how to use your Linux system for specific tasks- - like setting up Apache with Tomcat or writing Java servlets. You get the behind-the-scenes details on how things work in Red Hat Linux as well as the step-by-step guides for various setup/configuration tasks. By the way, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (RHEL3) is similar to Red Hat Linux 9, so you'd find this book relevant for both RH9 and RHEL3.

What you'll like most about this book is that you can use it as a tutorial for specific subjects as well as a reference guide- - jumping from topic to topic. For example, you can look up a Linux command in Appendix A. Want to learn how to connect Apache Tomcat with the Apache Web server? Just turn to Chapter 14 and look up the section that covers that topic in detail. Take a quick look inside the book, compare with the competing titles, and see for yourself :-)

Here's what I cover in this 1,030+ page book with 26 chapters (organized into 5 parts) and 8 appendixes:

Part I: Setting up Red Hat Linux - 6 chapters cover installation and configuration. Includes details on X configuration, CUPS setup, as well as sound and network setup.

Part II: Exploring Red Hat Linux - 6 chapters cover the GNU utilities, the GUI desktops - GNOME and KDE, and the major applications. Learn to use text editors, prepare DocBook documentation, and do basic sysadmin.

Part III: Internetworking Red Hat Linux - 7 chapters on connecting to the Internet and setting up Internet servers, including Web, FTP, SMTP, news, DNS, NIS, NFS, and Samba.

Part IV: Managing Red Hat Linux - 3 chapters on systems administration and security... including how to build software from source files, work with RPM files, rebuild and install a new kernel, and how to secure the system and the network.

Part V: Programming Red Hat Linux - 4 chapters cover programming in Linux using C and C++, the shell, Perl, Tcl/Tk, and Java.

Appendixes - include a Linux command guide and cover hardware such as disk drives, CD-ROM drives, Ethernet, modems, and PC cards.

Hope you find the book useful!

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: The Ultimate Guide for Red Hat 9
Comment: The task of learning Linux, can sometimes be an overwhelming burden that some people just do not want to take on. Now, trying to find the right book to learn more about Linux or to use as a reference can be a mind blowing task given all the choices that are available. Red Hat Linux 9 Professional Secrets by Naba Barkakati is an excellent option for the Linux newbie or the experienced Linux user who wants a useful reference guide.

Weighing in at over 1,000 pages, Red Hat 9 Professional Secrets provides many useful insights and behind the scenes tips on the inner workings of Red Hat Linux. I have used many different books on Linux and specifically the Red Hat distro, and over the past few weeks I found myself going back to this book as a reference and easily finding the solutions I was looking for.

Such a large book can sometimes be a "turn off" for someone looking for their first book to learn something new. The fear being that they will never be able to navigate through all the technical advanced jargon that one usually finds in a 1,000+ page book. However, I feel the author does a good job introducing Linux basics and fundamentals in Part I: Setting Up Red Hat Linux, and Part II: Exploring Red Hat Linux.

While some may consider the first two parts to be strictly for the Linux newbie and the second three parts for the more experienced Linux user, I believe that these areas mesh well with each other providing the experienced Linux user with install tips in the first two parts that are often overlooked and providing the newbie with the definitive Linux guide that will walk them through the simple tasks as well as provide them more in-depth detail to the more advanced concepts that are often only found in a separate Linux administration book.

I would highly recommend this book to the experienced Linux user and the Linux newbie who are looking for the ultimate guide on Red Hat 9.

Vince Scimeca
Senior Technology Manager...