Linux Quick Fix Notebook (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series)

Linux Quick Fix Notebook (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series)

by Peter Harrison
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Linux Quick Fix Notebook (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the cookbook approach to tech books. I usually don't have time to read a book to get a broad and general understanding of a topic. I'm usually after what this book promises: a quick fix. I want answers to discrete problems. That's what _Linux(R) Quick Fix Notebook_ delivers. When I did have time to read an entire chapter, I learned a lot. When I flipped to random pages, there was a good chance I learned something. It's full of gold nuggets. I work in IT, and I often show someone something that, to me, is pretty basic. But it saves them a lot of time. This book addresses those gaps in my own knowledge: the basic stuff I never happened to pick up. Sometimes it's so basic nobody bothers to write about it. Unfortunately, I couldn't hold on to the review copy long enough to finish it. But I'm buying a copy for myself. That should tell you something! Especially when I have about a dozen books on linux and unix system administration already. This approach works for me, and this book implements that approach really well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike other books on linux that might stick strictly to technical issues, Harrison leads off his book with a discussion on web hosting. Whether to do this on your own servers or to use an external provider. A nice and distinctive way to get a linux sysadmin's attention. The rest of the book then goes into the details of many linux and networking issues. The latter is covered because you are not assumed to be running just one machine. In general, you have several, often on a private net that is connected to the Internet. So, if you are looking for advice on configuring firewalls, for example, then it is provided here. Given the importance of email, there is a chapter on running a mail server - usually sendmail. My speciality is antispam, so I looked with interest on the details furnished here. But antispam measures are only briefly covered. It talks of using blacklists of spammers in sendmail, but only applied against mail relays connecting to the machine. No mention of using a Milter filter that pulls out domains from links in the message body, and checking these against the blacklist. Which has emerged as a key antispam method. The book also completely ignores Knoppix. This is a valuable tool for sysadmins. You make a bootable linux CD. For diagnosis of a machine if it crashes. Or if you think it has been subverted by malware. Knoppix has gotten a nice uptake from some sysadmins and you should know about it.