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Linux System Administration Black Book: The Definitive Guide to Deploying and Configuring the Leading Open Source Operating System [Paperback]

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Item description for Linux System Administration Black Book: The Definitive Guide to Deploying and Configuring the Leading Open Source Operating System by Dee-Ann LeBlanc...

This book provides immediate solutions to the most common Linux installation and configuration tasks. It expertly explains the complexities of upgrading an existing Linux installation and rebuilding from source. It covers the use of the most common major Linux servers and utilities, including Apache, Sendmail, majordomo, DHCP, Samba, ISC BIND, and Coda. It also presents strong coverage of kernel configuration, networking, system security, Internet services, LAN services, file systems, and much more.

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Pages   744
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 7.32" Height: 2.08"
Weight:   2.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111344  
ISBN13  9781932111347  

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More About Dee-Ann LeBlanc

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dee-Ann LeBlanc, RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer), is a writer, course developer, journalist, and trainer who specializes in Linux. Although these various professions may sound scattered, they in fact reinforce one another by allowing her to see what people are doing with Linux in the real world and where they need help. In the past, she has been the Linux Games editor for the "Linux Journal," the Desktop editor for "," and has written and held positions with a number of other Linux and technology publications such as "Computer Power User" magazine. She has also written numerous books about Linux. Today, she is the SplunkBase Knowledge Manager for Splunk (, an IT search company. It is her job to build a community around SplunkBase ( that fills this IT troubleshooting resource with world-class content.

Richard Blum has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years as a network and systems administrator. During that time, he's had the opportunity to work with lots of different computer products, including Windows, Netware, Cisco, Avaya, different flavors of UNIX, and of course, Linux. Over the years, he's also volunteered for several non-profit organizations to help support small networks that had little financial support. Rich is the author of several Linux-based books for total Linux geeks, and a couple of Windows-based books for programmers.

Dee-Ann LeBlanc currently resides in Vancouver. Dee-Ann LeBlanc has an academic affiliation as follows - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, author.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Linux System Administration Black Book: The Definitive Guide to Deploying and Configuring the Leading Open Source Operating System?

Elementary, not explanatory, out-of-date!  Sep 2, 2004
This book is a beginner's book. Not all bad, but certainly lacks depth. Written just like the MS Windows stuff - here's how to do it. No discussion of why. Many examples, but they can be arbitrary and there is no discussion of what situation the author targeted the example to. Thus, many would be left to think that system administration of Linux is black and white.

Also, this book is aimed at RedHat 6.2. Nobody has used that in years. It's almost irrelevant. The print chapter never discusses CUPS or XPRINT - it only covers the traditional lp and lpr print systems. The networking chapter was OK - but lacked any depth, no good discussion on routing and the examples were so limited that they would only work for a narrow situation.

Don't buy this book, unless you buy mine from me! :-)
I had an this site gift certificate, so I did not loose much.
Good for reference but definitely not for learners  May 11, 2001
After going through lots of other Linux books, finally found one which has everything except how to install Linux on your computer.

It's a quick and easy way to go around your way while administrating Linux machine provided you have some familiarity with the operating system environment.

The book gives you solutions and answers to lots of common (and uncommon, and sometimes too simple to be worth mentioning in any other book) problems and questions. The book is ordered according to topics and each topic contains related questions and answers. Each question also has reference to other possible questions. For example, in installing a printer, a question such as 'How to connect to Windows printer from Linux' refers to 'How to install printer on Linux and access it from Windows'.

Very useful for someone who is actually working with Linux and need to refer to a book every now and then for quick answers, but definitely not for someone who is just starting to learn Linux administration or hoping to learn it by using this book.

Not kind for the one who want to know in details.  Apr 11, 2001
What this book covers are mainly based on the distribution of that of Red Hat. Has plenty of pages and makes one feel that this may contain essential articles though explanations are in fact too short for practically using what's written there. I think this is a book to give any ideas only as a tip and not by a full description. One may need to refer to another book for figuring out what this book was saying. Not kind for the one who want to know in details.
MARVELOUS BOOK!!!  Apr 3, 2001
The combination of very well-written, clear theoretical material and "how to" sections is excellent, leaving all published competitors far behind in the dust. Spectrum and profoundness of covered material is unprecedented. I am an undergraduate computer science student and didn't buy this book for some specific task, just to enlighten myself more in the field,and found a lot of new knowledge. But after graduation, on my first day on the job this book will be in my briefcase: it can save me a lot of effort. "Linux System Administration Black Book" is really great for everyone: from guys who barely know how to spell "kernel" to experienced, sometimes arrogant gurus.
Information for the trenches...  Feb 14, 2001
Whether you are a newbie to Linux, or recompile Linux Kernels to run your blender in your sleep, this book is for you.

The book is huge (686 pages not counting appendix or index pages) and contains no fluff anywhere, pure information on User Account management, installation & configuration, DNS, Apache, NFS and other "basic" services, shell scripting, building RPMs, hell... everything from Apache to Zeus is in here.

The topics are well presented, no glossing over things just to say they are included, but rather indepth and compotent coverage of each area. My only gripe is that it is a bit too RedHat (and RH Clone) centric. Not enough coverage of my personal favorite Distro (Debian). Other than that one small personal dig, this is a great book, and sits on my desk next to about 4 other books I use daily.

I want to congratulate the author, Dee-Ann has done a great job compiling and melding alot of different and obtuse information and presenting it in a means that is easy to follow, understand, and most importantly, FIND what you are looking for.

I cannot say it enough, if you run Linux, this book is for you.


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