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Seems like we were just crowing over Red Hat Linux 8, and already RHL9 has arrived -- even more robust and polished than its predecessor.
Many improvements are “under the hood”: new versions of everything from XFree86 to OpenOffice.org; an updated kernel; hot new Nvidia and ATI drivers, and loads more. Some of what’s new is eminently visible: improvements to Red Hat’s slick BlueCurve interface, for example. If you didn’t upgrade to RHL8, Red Hat Linux 9 is a slam dunk. If you did, RHL9 is just a little better everywhere: more powerful, more robust, more fun.
Of course, to make the most of RHL9, you’ll need to educate yourself -- so check out Red Hat Linux 9 Bible.
Christopher Negus’s Red Hat Linux Bibles have long stood out for their focus on real-world tasks, not cryptic Linux jargon -- and for their breadth. Inside these pages is everything you need to know to find and run applications, set up a small network, connect to the Internet, provide email and other services -- even burn your own CDs and play networked games.
What’s more, this book also contains a three CD-ROM copy of the Red Hat 9.0 distribution. Not just the standard “Publisher’s Edition” but an enhanced version containing 260 additional packages -- everything from Spam Assassin (covered in detail in this edition) to sndconfig for easier soundcard configuration.
Even with 1,000-plus pages at his disposal, Negus can’t possibly be exhaustive. So he does something even better: He focuses on the most important tasks and the most widespread or useful ways to accomplish them. You won’t learn a dozen different text editors here: You’ll learn how to get the best ones running really well.
Negus starts with an overview of what’s changed in Red Hat Linux 9 and why. Next, he walks you through all your installation options, from Red Hat’s largely automated installation and preset configurations to network and hard disk installs, and Linux/Windows coexistence. There’s also a step-by-step guide to preconfiguring Red Hat Linux for rapid installation on multiple computers.
You’ll find detailed coverage of both KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2 -- each of which has been significantly enhanced since RHL8. Negus shows how to explore Red Hat from the shell; then offers brief introductions to several of Red Hat’s most impressive productivity software packages. There’s also a thorough chapter on Linux multimedia, including the latest digital camera and scanning tools.
Negus systematically introduces administration with Red Hat’s enhanced Web-based tools. Next, he presents 12 full chapters on setting up networks and servers -- including Apache 2.0, Samba file/print sharing, email with both sendmail and postfix; the latest iptables firewalls; NetWare support; even wireless LANs and VPNs.
If you’re running or supporting Macintoshes, you’ll especially appreciate Negus’s entirely new chapter on Mac networking. With OS X, Linux-to-Mac networking becomes far more straightforward, and Negus shows how to take advantage of that. He first shows Mac OS X (and other Mac) users how to access shared resources on Linux servers; and then walks administrators through configuring AppleTalk servers with netatalk.
Red Hat Linux keeps getting more impressive. Ditto for the Red Hat Linux Bibles. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.