January 22, 2017

Linux Books: The Best and the Brightest - page 3

Putting It Down on Paper

  • August 19, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

Determining what titles go here, and which titles go into the next section can be a bit awkward. I tried to focus on the word "users" here, users and home administrators, folks who aren't trying to run massive web server operations and so on. Since security is so important, I'll start with Red Hat Linux Security and Optimization (0764547542), which in fact contains a lot of useful information regardless of which distribution you're running (within limits).

The first group of books for folks who are comfortable working in Linux involve shell tools. The Korn Shell: Linux and Unix Shell Programming Manual, 3rd Edition (0201675234) is for those who want to try the Public Domain Korn Shell (pdksh) under Linux rather than the standard Bourne shell (bash). Those who need or want to do heavy amounts of text and file processing might want to check out sed & awk, 2nd Edition (1565922255). Also, just about anyone who's comfortable with Linux or Unix basics would benefit from Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition (0596003307) when it comes available, or the second edition now.

If you're looking for something a little more general, I've got a few suggestions for you here too. I consider Running Linux, 3rd Edition (156592469X) an intermediate book for a variety of reasons I won't get into here. There's also Teach Yourself UNIX System Administration in 24 Hours (0672323982), which uses Red Hat Linux 7.3 as the reference operating system, Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition (0596003439), and UNIX System Administration Handbook, 3rd Edition (0130206016).

And finally, there's Advanced Linux Networking (0201774232), Building Linux Virtual Private Networks (1578702666), and Data Networks, 2nd Edition (0132009161) since even home administrators often want to do some pretty fancy things in the networking department.

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