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Linux Cookbookby Carla Schroder
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This unique and valuable collection of tips, tools, and scripts provides clear, concise, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing anyone running a network of Linux servers from small networks to large data centers in the practical and popular problem-solution-discussion O'Reilly cookbook format.
The Linux Cookbook covers everything you'd expect: backups, new users, and the like. But it also covers the non-obvious information that is often ignored in other books the time-sinks and headaches that are a real part of an administrator's job, such as: dealing with odd kinds of devices that Linux historically hasn't supported well, building multi-boot systems, and handling things like video and audio.
The knowledge needed to install, deploy, and maintain Linux is not easily found, and no Linux distribution gets it just right. Scattered information can be found in a pile of man pages, texinfo files, and source code comments, but the best source of information is the experts themselves who built up a working knowledge of managing Linux systems. This cookbook's proven techniques distill years of hard-won experience into practical cut-and-paste solutions to everyday Linux dilemmas.
Use just one recipe from this varied collection of real-world solutions, and the hours of tedious trial-and-error saved will more than pay for the cost of the book. But those who prefer to learn hands-on will find that this cookbook not only solves immediate problems quickly, it also cuts right to the chase pointing out potential pitfalls and illustrating tested practices that can be applied to a myriad of other situations.
Whether you're responsible for a small Linux system, a huge corporate system, or a mixed Linux/Windows/MacOS network, you'll find valuable, to-the-point, practical recipes for dealing with Linux systems everyday. The Linux Cookbook is more than a time-saver; it's a sanity saver.
Book News Annotation:
Schroder runs her system-administration and consulting and writing from a horse ranch out on the far edge of nowhere, and notes that computer users, like horses, cannot be forced to do anything, but can be coaxed to furthering their own best interests. Her practical guide to the Linux operating system focuses on Red Hat, Fedora, and Debian distributions, but mentions others as well. The first chore for readers is to find the man(ual) pages, for information beyond the basics she explains. Each section comprises a problem and the solution to it.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Carla Schroder is a self-taught Linux and Windows sysadmin who laid hands on her first computer around her 37th birthday. Her first PC was a Macintosh LC II. Next came an IBM clone--a 386SX running MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 with a 14-inch color display--which was adequate for many pleasant hours of Doom play. Then around 1997 she discovered Red Hat 5.0 and had a whole new world to explore.
Somewhere along the way she found herself doing freelance consulting for small businesses and home users, supporting both Linux and Windows users and integrating Linux and Windows on the LAN, primarily Linux servers and Windows clients. She is the author of the Linux Cookbook for O'Reilly, and writes Linux how-tos for several computer publications.
Carla is living proof that you're never too old to try something new; computers are a heck of a lot of fun; and anyone can learn to do anything. Visit tuxcomputing.com for more Carla stuff.
Table of Contents
DedicationPrefaceChapter 1: Finding DocumentationChapter 2: Installing and Managing Software on RPM-Based SystemsChapter 3: Installing and Managing Software on Debian-Based SystemsChapter 4: Installing Programs from Source CodeChapter 5: Discovering Hardware from Outside the BoxChapter 6: Editing Text Files with JOE and VimChapter 7: Starting and Stopping LinuxChapter 8: Managing Users and GroupsChapter 9: Managing Files and PartitionsChapter 10: Patching, Customizing, and Upgrading KernelsChapter 11: CD and DVD RecordingChapter 12: Managing the Bootloader and Multi-BootingChapter 13: System Rescue and Recovery with KnoppixChapter 14: Printing with CUPSChapter 15: Configuring Video and Managing X WindowsChapter 16: Backup and RecoveryChapter 17: Remote AccessChapter 18: Version ControlChapter 19: Keeping Time with NTPChapter 20: Building a Postfix Mail ServerChapter 21: Managing Spam and MalwareChapter 22: Running an Apache Web ServerChapter 23: File and Printer Sharing, and Domain Authentication with SambaChapter 24: Managing Name ResolutionAppendix A: Finding Linux DocumentationAppendix B: Online ReferencesAppendix C: Microsoft File TypesAppendix D: Init Script for CVSDColophon
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