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A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux


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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“I have found this book to be a very useful classroom text, as well as a great Linux resource. It teaches Linux using a ground-up approach that gives students the chance to progress with their skills and grow into the Linux world. I have often pointed to this book when asked to recommend a solid Linux reference.”

Eric Hartwell, Chair, School of Information Technology, ITT Technical Institute

The #1 Fedora and RHEL resource—a tutorial AND on-the-job reference

Master Linux administration and security using GUI-based tools, the command line, and Perl scripts

Set up key Internet servers, step by step, including Samba, Apache, sendmail, DNS, LDAP, FTP, and more


Master All the Techniques You Need to Succeed with Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®


In this book, one of the world’s leading Linux experts brings together all the knowledge you need to master Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux and succeed with it in the real world. Best-selling author Mark Sobell explains Linux clearly and effectively, focusing on skills you’ll actually use as a user, programmer, or administrator. Now an even more versatile learning resource, this edition adds skill objectives at the beginning of each chapter.


Sobell assumes no prior Linux knowledge. He starts at the beginning and walks you through every topic and task that matters, using easy-to-understand examples. Step by step, you’ll learn how to install and configure Linux from the accompanying DVD, navigate its graphical user interface, provide file/print sharing, configure network servers, secure Linux desktops and networks, work with the command line, administer Linux efficiently, and even automate administration with Perl scripts.


Mark Sobell has taught hundreds of thousands of Linux and UNIX professionals. He knows every Linux nook and cranny—and he never forgets what it’s like to be new to Linux. Whatever you want to do with Linux—now or in the future—you’ll find it here.


Compared with the other Linux books out there, A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Sixth Edition, delivers

  • Complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of Fedora 15 and RHEL 6
  • State-of-the-art security techniques, including up-to-date firewall setup techniques using system-config-firewall and iptables, and a full chapter on OpenSSH (ssh)
  • Coverage of crucial topics such as using su and sudo, and working with the new systemd init daemon
  • Comprehensive coverage of the command line and key system GUI tools
  • More practical coverage of file sharing using Samba, NFS, and FTP
  • Superior coverage of automating administration with Perl
  • More usable, realistic coverage of Internet server configuration, including Apache (Web), sendmail, NFSv4, DNS/BIND, and LDAP, plus new coverage of IPv6
  • More and better coverage of system/network administration tasks, including network monitoring with Cacti
  • Deeper coverage of essential administration tasks—from managing users to CUPS printing, configuring LANs to building a kernel
  • Complete instructions on keeping Linux systems up-to-date using yum
  • And much more, including a 500+ term glossary and comprehensive indexes 

Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Fedora 15 release!

Book News Annotation:

The sixth edition of this popular and well written guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides practical information for students, home users and IT professionals alike on most key aspects of this popular and powerful open source operating system. Topics discussed include installation, configuration and customization, default applications, basic and advanced networking, security and user management. This edition includes new or expanded information on topics such as Ipv6, system administration, LDAP and MYSQL databases as well as a new and improved indexing system. The volume includes a DVD-ROM of the operating system as well as several software packages. Sobell is a Linux trainer and consultant. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX and Linux training, support, and custom software development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux systems and is the author of many best-selling books, including A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Second Edition, and A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, Third Edition, both from Prentice Hall.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents





Chapter 1: Welcome to Linux


Part I: Installing Fedora/RHEL

Chapter 2: Installation Overview

Chapter 3: Step-by-Step Installation


Part II: Getting Started with Fedora/RHEL

Chapter 4: Introduction to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chapter 5: The Linux Utilities

Chapter 6: The Linux Filesystem

Chapter 7: The Shell


Part III: Digging into Fedora/RHEL

Chapter 8: Linux GUIs: X and GNOME

Chapter 9: The Bourne Again Shell

Chapter 10: Networking and the Internet


Part IV: System Administration

Chapter 11: System Administration: Core Concepts

Chapter 12: Files, Directories, and Filesystems

Chapter 13: Finding, Downloading, and Installing Software

Chapter 14: Printing with CUPS

Chapter 15: Building a Linux Kernel

Chapter 16: Administration Tasks


Part V: Using Clients and Setting Up Servers

Chapter 17: Configuring and Monitoring a LAN

Chapter 18: OpenSSH: Secure Network Communication

Chapter 19: FTP: Transferring Files Across a Network

Chapter 20: sendmail: Setting Up Mail Servers, Clients, and More

Chapter 21: NIS and LDAP

Chapter 22: NFS: Sharing Directory Hierarchies

Chapter 23: Samba: Linux and Windows File and Printer Sharing

Chapter 24: DNS/BIND: Tracking Domain Names and Addresses

Chapter 25: system-config-firewall and iptables: Setting Up a Firewall

Chapter 26: Apache (httpd): Setting Up a Web Server


Part VI: Programming Tools

Chapter 27: Programming the Bourne Again Shell

Chapter 28: The Perl Scripting Language


Part VII: Appendixes

Appendix A: Regular Expressions

Appendix C: Security

Appendix D: The Free Software Definition



JumpStart Index

File Tree Index

Utility Index

Main Index

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Sobell, Mark G
Prentice Hall
Sobell, Mark G.
Operating Systems - LINUX
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