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New (or relatively new) to Linux system administration? We'll bet you've wished the Linux community's enthusiasm was matched by equivalent clarity and patience. Just as it is in Marcel Gagné's Linux System Administration: A User's Guide. Gagné, a regular columnist for both Linux Journal and Sys Admin magazine, obviously loves Linux -- but he also loves explaining it to newcomers, and he has a gift for doing so.
This immensely readable book takes you through all the concepts you need to understand and provides loads of specific commands you can use to actually accomplish things. Like finding files buried in Linux's filesystem. Or giving someone an email-only account. Or configuring an ISP connection. Or finding the latest RPM package for the software package you want to install. Or printing PostScript files to a non-PostScript printer. Or automatically deleting all the junk "core" files that accumulate on Linux systems. Or remotely controlling another Linux desktop, perhaps for support purposes. Or configuring Samba's Windows file and print services. Or squeezing a little more performance out of that old Pentium 60 you're using as an Internet gateway.
We especially appreciated the book's two "Proof of Concept" chapters, which walk you through building a fully functional intranet on a Linux foundation. Here, Gagné stretches beyond the confines of Linux, showing how to set up Apache, PostgreSQL, and Perl DBI and DBD. The really hard work is done for you, all bundled into code you can download from Gagné's web site. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.