A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (6th ed)

Mark G. Sobell

Published by

Prentice Hall





Reviewed by

Uma Kanagaratnam MBCS


10 out of 10

This book is an excellent all-in-one resource for beginners to advanced users. It starts with the basics of installing Linux to more advanced topics of system administration and programming tools.

The book is divided in several parts. Part I is an installation overview and walk through of the Linux installation process via the DVD provided with the book.

In Part II the reader is introduced to various utilities, file system and the shell. The utilities introduced here are frequently used and as the reader progresses through the book, they are exposed to more complex functions.

Part III explores Fedora / RHEL addressing X Window systems, GNOME, Bourne shell and networking utilities. Part IV focuses on system administration.

It looks at root privileges, as many tasks performed by the administrator require ‘superuser’ access, at file system concepts, directory structures, printing, network monitoring using Cacti, managing user accounts and backups.

Part V extends to server configuration including sendmail, LDAP, NFS, DNS/BIND, Apache, file sharing via FTP, SAMBA and also Open SSH security suite. Part VI’s focal point is Bourne-again shell and Perl programming. 

At the end of each chapter there is a section dedicated to exercises and this helps the reader to test their understanding of what they have read. The book concludes with appendices comprising regular expressions, security and some useful links for help.

This book is highly recommended as it is a well-written, all-inclusive practical reference to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The content is also relevant to other Linux and Unix OS.

The book scores 10/10 in terms of content and value for money.

Further Information: Prentice Hall

November 2011