Guide gives all the tools and techniques needed to implement a reliable Linux network. The author shows how to build a secure, cost-effective system for any organization. Softcover.
The key points of setting up a network, DNS, file sharing, email, firewall, backups etc. are all explained and often have supporting scripts or files provided on the CDs. If you are using any flavor of Linux, this book is good. If you are using Redhat (a version is included on a CD with the book), then it is excellent (Redhat has a few file structure differences that are clearly addressed).
The book is organized well too. The first 3 chapters step through installing Linux, connecting a Windows PC and troubleshooting in a way that you are virtually guaranteed to have a network running without fail. It is very cool to have accomplished setting up a network within such a short time. The remainder of the book goes into more detail of various aspects of network/Linux services in order to expand upon the basic network that was built. By the end of the book, I had a fully functional network with all the services I could use. This book was an excellent investment!
Otherwise I find this book pretty good for a beginning understanding of Linux networking.
Of course Mr. Sery is overlooking a small fact -- most home users don't have the money or knowhow to set up a standalone firewall computer, quite separate from their personal work machines.