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A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux


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

  • Set up key Internet servers, step by step, including Samba, Apache, sendmail, DNS, FTP, and other Internet servers
  • Automate and streamline administration with this edition’s outstanding new chapter on Perl scripting
  • Master GUI-based admin tools and the powerful Linux command line (CLI) 

In this book, one of the world’s leading Linux experts brings together all the knowledge you’ll need to succeed with Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux in any real-world environment. Best-selling author Mark Sobell explains Linux clearly and effectively, focusing on skills you’ll actually use as an administrator, user, or programmer.


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 interfaces, provide file/print sharing and Internet services, make sure Linux desktops and networks are as secure as possible, work with the powerful 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’ll want to do with Linux–now or in the future–this book gives you everything you’ll need.


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

  • Complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of Fedora 12 and RHEL 5
  • Deeper coverage of the command line and the newest GUIs, including desktop customization
  • More practical coverage of file sharing using Samba, NFS, and FTP
  • More and better coverage of automating administration with Perl
  • More usable, realistic coverage of Internet server configuration, including Apache, sendmail, NFS, DNS/BIND, and LDAP
  • More state-of-the-art security techniques, including SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux), ACLs (Access Control Lists), firewall setup using both the Red Hat GUI and iptables, and a full chapter on OpenSSH
  • More and better coverage of system/network administration tasks, including new coverage of network monitoring with Cacti
  • Complete instructions on keeping Linux systems up-to-date using yum
  • And much more, including a 500+ term glossary and a comprehensive index  

Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Fedora 12 release!

Book News Annotation:

In this updated edition which overlaps with his Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 2nd ed., Sobell covers Fedora 12 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.4. The author of numerous books on the Linux operating system popular for its free source code includes a new chapter on the Perl programming language, and coverage of the MySQL relational database and Cacti network monitoring tool. The guide includes chapter exercises; appendices on regular expression, help resources, system security, and the free software definition; a glossary; bundled DVD for installing/upgrading to the full version of Fedora 12; and free access to the online edition. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mark G. Sobell is President of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/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®, Second Edition, both from Prentice Hall, and A Practical Guide to the UNIX System from Addison-Wesley.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Welcome to Linux

Chapter 2: Installation Overview

Chapter 3: Step-by-Step Installation

Chapter 4: Introduction to Red Hat Linux

Chapter 5: The Linux Utilities

Chapter 6: The Linux Filesystem

Chapter 7: The Shell

Chapter 8: Linux GUIs: X and GNOME

Chapter 9: The Bourne Again Shell

Chapter 10: Networking and the Internet

Chapter 11: Programming the Bourne Again Shell

Chapter 12: System Administration: Core Concepts

Chapter 13: Files, Directories, and Filesystems

Chapter 14: Downloading and Installing Software

Chapter 15: Printing with CUPS

Chapter 16: Building a Linux Kernel

Chapter 17: Administration Tasks

Chapter 18: Configuring a LAN

Chapter 19: OpenSSH: Secure Network Communication

Chapter 20: FTP: Transferring Files Across a Network

Chapter 21: sendmail: Setting Up Mail Servers, Clients, and More

Chapter 22: NIS: Network Information Service

Chapter 23: NFS: Sharing Filesystems

Chapter 24: Samba: Linux and Windows File and Printer Sharing

Chapter 25: DNS/BIND: Tracking Domain Names and Addresses

Chapter 26: Setting Up a Firewall: system-config-firewall and iptables

Chapter 27: Apache: Setting Up a Web Server

Appendix A: Regular Expressions

Appendix B: Help

Appendix C: Security

Appendix D: The Free Software Definition

Appendix E: The Linux 2.6 Kernel



Product Details

Sobell, Mark G
Prentice Hall PTR
Sobell, Mark G.
Operating Systems - LINUX
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
February 2010
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9 x 7.4 x 1.52 in 1651 gr

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