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Red Hat Fedora Linux Secrets [Paperback]

Naba Barkakati

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Sept. 30 2005 Secrets (Book 109)
  • Featuring the latest changes in Fedora Core, this book offers valuable new secrets for Fedora users, including yum, mail filtering with SpamAssassin, mandatory access control with Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux), and improved device handling with udev
  • Demonstrates how to use Linux for real-world tasks, from learning UNIX commands to setting up a secure Java-capable Web server for a business
  • Because Fedora Core updates occur frequently, the book contains a helpful appendix with instructions on how to download and install the latest release of Fedora Core
  • The DVD contains the Fedora distribution as well as all binary code packages and source code

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" ... this book has merits beyond its marketing target... " ("Linux Magazine, April 2004)

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RED HAT FEDORA LINUX SECRETS

Learn how to release the full potential of Red Hat Fedora Linux and install the latest release of Fedora Core (FC4) with this comprehensive guide. Within these pages, you'll be privy to valuable secrets contained in FC4: yum, up2date, mandatory access control with Security Enhanced Linux, and improved device handling with udev. You'll go behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of Linux, such as which configuration files control what, which commands to type in what sequence to perform a key task, plus more. Packed with useful information, this book shares tips, shortcuts, and tutorials that will help you maximize the power of Red Hat Fedora Linux.

Unleash the power of Red Hat Fedora Linux

  • Install Linux (see Chapter 2)
  • Set up a network (see Chapter 6)
  • Explore Linux applications and utilities (see Chapter 10)
  • Discover basic system administration (see Chapter 12)
  • Examine Web, mail, news, and FTP servers (see Chapters 14–17)
  • Manage system and network security (see Chapter 22)
  • Write applets, servlets, and standalone applications with Java (see Chapter 26)

The DVD contains the full Fedora Core 4 distribution including all binary code packages and source code.

System requirements: Please see the "About the DVD" appendix for details and complete system requirements.


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5.0 out of 5 stars very up to date Nov. 12 2005
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This book is very timely. It deals with Fedora Core 4, which has only recently been released for public use. The book shows how linux, as implemented in its Fedora incarnation, is now a very broad operating system, with many utilities. Also included in the book is a DVD with FC4. As another indicator of how much comes in FC4, it is a DVD that had to be furnished. A normal CD is now too small.

Luckily for many of you, there is no need to comprehensively go through all or most of the book. Some chapters, like on an overview of linux, or how to install it, or about the basic commands, are mostly unchanged from what they would have been under earlier Fedoras.

For the GUI, a chapter gives equal coverage to Gnome and KDE. Both have equivalent functionality, and it is mostly a question of personal preference as to which you use.

About a third of the book is devoted to sysadmin tasks. Examples are shown of various graphical utilities for displaying CPU and memory usage. While /proc is explained as a way to get detailed real time memory usage information. Ambitious sysadmins can also find out how to change and make a new kernel, and then to safely test this, while retaining the previous kernel as a fallback.

For the linux programmer, several chapters show what is available to you. Of these, an entire chapter is given over to the language Tcl/Tk. It is unclear to me how much programming still goes on in this. Yes, I know it was popular in unix machines over 10 years ago. But nowadays?

The last chapter explains how to program Java. Purists might point out that linux is open source, while Java is owned by Sun. But the pragmatic reality is that many people (including me) program in Java under linux. In just one chapter of 60 pages, the book tries to cover Java. It seems to do quite well. But it is a little hard for me to tell, since I already know Java. The chapter is also another contributor to the sheer length of the book. Frankly, if you do not know Java, I would recommend going to a book devoted to it, and there are hundreds of these, rather than follow this book's abbreviated explanation, well done though it is.

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