Linux Cookbook
Practical Advice for Linux System Administrators
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2004
Pages: 584

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.

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5.0

Excellent book. Let's have an update

By Wanklyn

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Cookbook:

    This book is a fine manual for beginners and experienced users alike: If you have a smattering of Linux familiarity, it's for you.

    What engaged me additionally was its straightforwardly human prose. Fed up with the online forums that seem to promise an answer but don't? You'll find it here instead.

    However, the book now almost ten years old. Publishers, any chance of a new edition?

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    5.0

    Nice book to have around

    By Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Cookbook:

    Let's face it O'Reilly books are generally of very good quality and personally I have rarely (if ever) been let down by the titles.

    This book lives up to its reputation of being from the O'Reilly stable by providing focussed and well laid out recipes for Linux SysAdmins. Mind you, it does not address the productivity tools. There are far too many good books out there who do just the same and do it far more effectively. This book is for the user who has installed Linux (for the first time user, that is an experience by itself) and desires to use a lot of the underlying power to make life easy for him/her. Categorising the book as a HowTo would not do justice to the casual elegance of the writing style. This is definitely not a how to guide. Yet, it does show the user a number of tweaks and tricks that makes using a Linux system such a powerful experience.

    The chapters are well laid out and well spaced. With the recipes and the scripts (which are available here) that make it a very light read. From addressing the single user space and the related hassles to setting up shared printers, caching servers and time servers, the book manages to make it look very easy. A wonderful book to have. Especially for those days when you need a wee bit of help and things are just not happening.

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    5.0

    Great all-purpose Linux reference

    By Fred the Linux Guy

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Cookbook:

    This is just the Linux howto I have been looking for. I am the IT staff for a cabinet shop. Little by little I have been replacing our old Windows servers - an ugly mix of Windows 95 and NT4 - with Linux servers. This book was a big help, since my background is mostly Windows. I've been fooling around with Linux at home but work is another story- it has to work right and I can't take forever to do it. The chapters on building a Postfix mail server, and spam and virus control, are great. The Samba chapter was also invaluable to me, I now have a Samba 3 domain controller for 40 Windows clients, and it works right, which is nice change of pace. My Samba-CUPS printer server works great and doesn't give me fits like the old Windows box it replaced.

    This books covers a lot of the everyday system administration chores I seem to encounter- dependable hands-off backups, how to use TinyDNS, using Yum, a LAN time server, some advanced user account management tips, and secure remote access over SSH. (Which is a two-edged sword as my boss tries to pester me to do work from home in my off time.) I even built and customized some kernels successfully- it's not difficult when you have good insturctions.

    O'Reilly books are always excellent, but of all the Linux titles this is one of the best.

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    5.0

    Linux cookbook just about perfect

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Linux Cookbook:

    This is a great book for the normal Linux user. This is not a book full of basic stuff, but rather it shows how to get the day-to-day, bread & butter stuff done. It is a great reference for the serrious Linux user.

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