Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf, Version 2.0, 2nd Edition
6 Bestselling Books on CD-ROM
By Jon Orwant
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2003

Open source innovation has given rise to many valuable tools and technologies, including some of the most powerful and popular web development tools available. LAMP technologies (that is, Linux-Apache-MySQL-Perl/PHP/Python) provide a great application development platform, especially for robust web applications that run on Linux servers. Solid, reliable, and affordable, it's no wonder that LAMP is the platform of choice for web development.

For years, O'Reilly's bestselling LAMP books have helped programmers master the finer points of these open source tools. Now we're offering six top titles on one CD to give programmers the tools they need to develop their own systems and get started with open source web development using LAMP technologies. The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf, 2nd Edition, delivers more than 3,600 pages of easily searchable information in a convenient format accessible from any web browser. You'll find the latest editions of these books:

  • Linux in a Nutshell, 4th edition
  • Running Linux, 4th edition
  • Apache: The Definitive Guide, 3rd edition
  • Programming PHP
  • Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd edition
  • Practical mod_perl
As a bonus, the paperback version of Linux in a Nutshell, 4th Edition, is included as well.

For the first time, this CD Bookshelf also includes valuable content straight from the O'Reilly Network. Some of the topics covered are: Cache Friendly Web, The Apache Toolbox, MySQL Best Practices, Internationalization and Localization with PHP, Choosing a Templating System, PostgreSQL's Multi-Version Concurrency Control, Embedded Linux, and more.

No one knows LAMP like O'Reilly. If you're a developer, you probably count on the O'Reilly affiliates,, and, as valuable sources of information, as well as the great Apache, MySQL, PHP and Python content found on the O'Reilly Network. We're advocates of LAMP and use it extensively on the O'Reilly Network. If you want to get the most out of these important tools, then The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf delivers an entire library of expert knowledge to your computer desktop.

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Comments about oreilly Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf, Version 2.0, 2nd Edition:

Just as the Web Programmers CD bookshelf that I had the opportunity to read, the searching abilities of the cd bookshelves are excellent. Being able to search a certain topic across 6 books at once makes searching for quick answers easily accomplished. Being able to buy 6 books on a single cd also helps to save money while at the same time helps to build your own library of in depth books. The combination of books included in the Linux web server cd bookshelf has enough detailed information to help teach you the ins and outs of running an Apache web server on a Linux platform. Also the Programming PHP and the Managing & Using MySQL books should help you make full use of your Linux web server and understand the flexibility of what can be done.

The bonus paperback version of Linux in a Nutshell, 4th Edition, was a nice addition to the 6 book cd bookshelf. I found it useful for when I wasn't around a computer and felt like reading. The Linux in a Nutshell book gives a good summarized rundown of the entire Linux operating system. Included in the summary is about 464 pages of Linux commands which are great for quickly checking a description or options of a certain command. Also, a basic rundown on system administration, boot methods, package managers, shells with a nice section on bash, editors, cvs, and more. At the end of the book is where xwindows and desktop environments such as Gnome, KDE, and fvwm2 are covered. The Linux in a Nutshell book basically is exactly what it says, the Linux operating system summarized and crunched into about 930 pages.

Throughout all of the books I did however notice that the references are made mainly on the 2.4.x kernel along with mentions of 2.2.x and 2.0.x kernels and the 2.5.45 development kernel. Now that the 2.6.x kernel is out, I would love to see how much O'Reilly goes into discussion about it, possibly in the next editions of these books.

I'm not sure If these books would be great for learning from the very beginning on, but they do give plenty of information about the different parts that make up a Linux web server. The books are great sources of info to help you get a Linux based web server up and active, but could be better in the teaching area.

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