Red Hat Linux Unleashed 2nd Edition


COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW

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Title: Red Hat Linux Unleashed 2nd Edition; David Pitts, et al;
SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31173-9; Paperback, 684 pages, US$39.99,
CAN$56.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins, "Red Hat Linux Unleashed, 2nd Edition begins an odyssey
into the land of true computing. From here, readers will acquire experience
that can be used on any UNIX platform, and discover concepts that are used in
many networking/server environments."

Far From the End of the Linux 

To many of us, the world of the Internet, programming, task automation, and
system administration is unfamiliar territory. Most users have only had access
to computers that could run the 'M'iscellaneous 'S'oftware that fail to offer
the capabilities of a high end operating system. 

With Linux, we have a means of voyaging to a world of new possibilities. This
book provides us with a navigator through some of the seas. 

Linux is an Operating System based on UNIX. It is free, and in this book there
is a copy of Red Hat Linux on the CD. It offers full multitasking, virtual
memory, X-Windows interface, TCP/IP protocol support, shared library
functionality, support of the POSIX.1 standard, the non-proprietary source
Code. This means the source code is supplied, along with free quality software
from the folks at GNU. It can be run on Intel, SPARC, and Alpha platforms.  
	
Red Hat Linux is a distribution of Linux with commercial packaging. Its mission
is to "provide professional tools to computing professionals." The OS is made
accessible to a wide user base by providing graphical tools to configure the
system. Included is; a Package Installer to control the installation and
removal of programs (RPM); a wealth of documentation on installation and
configuration of Red Hat, and adherence to Linux and UNIX standards. 
	
This book is a wonderful primer in UNIX Systems Administration and Networking.
Users are introduced to terms used in the TCP/IP network environment, and are
also supplied with the how's and why's of configuring these terms (subnet
masks, broadcast addresses, etc...). 

The reader is shown how to set up the FTP daemon and HTTP server step by step,
and provided with the method to communicate to users with motd (message of the
day) and the "/etc/issue" file (which contains the message displayed when a
telnet session begins). 

There is information on the security in Linux such as how to how to find all
the programs containing the "suid" and "sgid" permissions when looking for
security holes. Linux has earned the reputation as a premium development
environment, so the authors provide sections devoted to shell, C and C++, Perl,
TCL/TK, Motif, gawk, and Network Programming. This gives readers information on
how to develop with the tools they've received.
	
Red Hat Linux Unleashed 2nd Edition begins an odyssey into the land of true
computing. From here, readers will acquire experience that can be used on any
UNIX platform, and discover concepts that are used in many networking/server
environments.


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