Linux Cookbook

Linux Cookbook

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by Carla Schroder
     
 

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This unique and valuable collection of tips, tools, and scripts provides clear, concise, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing anyone running a network of Linux servers from small networks to large data centers in the practical and popular problem-solution-discussion O'Reilly cookbook format.The Linux Cookbook covers everything

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This unique and valuable collection of tips, tools, and scripts provides clear, concise, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing anyone running a network of Linux servers from small networks to large data centers in the practical and popular problem-solution-discussion O'Reilly cookbook format.The Linux Cookbook covers everything you'd expect: backups, new users, and the like. But it also covers the non-obvious information that is often ignored in other books the time-sinks and headaches that are a real part of an administrator's job, such as: dealing with odd kinds of devices that Linux historically hasn't supported well, building multi-boot systems, and handling things like video and audio.The knowledge needed to install, deploy, and maintain Linux is not easily found, and no Linux distribution gets it just right. Scattered information can be found in a pile of man pages, texinfo files, and source code comments, but the best source of information is the experts themselves who built up a working knowledge of managing Linux systems. This cookbook's proven techniques distill years of hard-won experience into practical cut-and-paste solutions to everyday Linux dilemmas.Use just one recipe from this varied collection of real-world solutions, and the hours of tedious trial-and-error saved will more than pay for the cost of the book. But those who prefer to learn hands-on will find that this cookbook not only solves immediate problems quickly, it also cuts right to the chase pointing out potential pitfalls and illustrating tested practices that can be applied to a myriad of other situations.Whether you're responsible for a small Linux system, a huge corporate system, or a mixed Linux/Windows/MacOS network, you'll find valuable, to-the-point, practical recipes for dealing with Linux systems everyday. The Linux Cookbook is more than a time-saver; it's a sanity saver.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
So, how exactly do you do it in Linux? Do you remember? Did you ever know? Not to worry. Carla Schroder’s compiled more than 350 essential Linux tasks into the step-by-step Linux Cookbook, an instant classic for every sysadmin and power user.

Here’s how to install a program for easy uninstall. Patch a kernel. Find a user’s UID. Manage runlevels. Host multiple domains with Apache. Set file ownership. Unmount a removable disk. Create a bootable CD. Add Windows XP to a multiboot system. Build a dedicated CUPS print server. Set disk quotas. Verify backups. Edit XF86Config. Remotely authenticate via public keys. Build a Postfix mail server, complete with SpamAssassin. Build a Windows/Linux peer network. Even (if it’s ever still necessary) how to find and use man pages more efficiently.

Simply put, Linux Cookbook is relentlessly, totally, incredibly useful. Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only

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Extremely easy to navigate and very readable thanks to the author's sensible and practical topic selection, clarity of writing and humor. In providing solutions to common problems, Schroder has also managed to disperse valuable advice along the way. Her common sense approach to Linux systems management and administration shines through.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596550615
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/29/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
584
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Carla Schroder is a self-taught Linux and Windows sysadmin who laid hands on her first computer around her 37th birthday. Her first PC was a Macintosh LC II. Next came an IBM clone—a 386SX running MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 with a 14-inch color display—which was adequate for many pleasant hours of Doom play. Then around 1997 she discovered Red Hat 5.0 and had a whole new world to explore.

Somewhere along the way she found herself doing freelance consulting for small businesses and home users, supporting both Linux and Windows users and integrating Linux and Windows on the LAN, primarily Linux servers and Windows clients. She is the author of the Linux Cookbook for O'Reilly, and writes Linux how-tos for several computer publications.

Carla is living proof that you're never too old to try something new; computers are a heck of a lot of fun; and anyone can learn to do anything. Visit tuxcomputing.com for more Carla stuff.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 'the tech guy' in a small company, about 75 staff, and gradually I've been replacing our antique fleet of windows 95/NT4 servers with Linux servers. I wish I had this book two years ago when I started making the changes. It covers a lot of everyday system administrator jobs- mail, web, DNS servers, user account management, package management and system upgrades, printing- great chapters on printing- and a lot of great stuff on running mixed Windows/Linux networks. The chapters on running an email server & managing spam/viruses are great. The book gives commands for both Red Hat and Debian systems. Some other nice things are several good backup and restore methods and making customized installa disks. This is my #1 Linux reference book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very entertaining
Bryan Trimm More than 1 year ago
Neat book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't rehash what's in the book, the BN review does that. I have read many books on the Linux OS, and this one by far is my favorite. You get the impression that Ms. Schroder thought of every question you could ask and provided references to other books as well.