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Free Linux Books for System and Network Administrators

Linux Network Administrators Guide
Linux Network Administrators Guide Written to provide a single reference for network administration in a Linux environment. Beginners and experienced users should find the information they need to cover nearly all important administration activities required to manage a Linux network configuration. Tries to cover the most important and common topics.Beginners to Linux networking, even those with no prior exposure to Unix-like operating systems, have found this book good enough to help them successfully get their Linux network configurations up and running and get them ready to learn more.

Touches on all the essential networking software included with the operating system, plus some hardware considerations. Fully updated, the book now covers firewalls, including the use of ipchains and iptables (netfilter), masquerading, and accounting. Other new topics include Novell (NCP/IPX) support and INN (news administration). Original material on serial connections, UUCP, routing and DNS, mail and News, SLIP and PPP, NFS, and NIS has been thoroughly updated. Kernel options reflect the 2.2 kernel. However, some topics covered in other books (notably Samba and web server administration) are not in this book.

Available for purchase at amazon.com
Linux Administration Made Easy
Linux Administration Made Easy Attempts to describe day-to-day administration and maintenance issues commonly faced by Linux system administrators. This book is part of the Linux Documentation Project.

Summarizes the installation and configuration, as well as the day-to-day administrative and maintenance procedures that should be followed to keep a Linux-based server or desktop system up and running. It is geared to an audience of both corporate as well as home users. It is not intended to be a full overview of Unix operations, as there are several good texts available as well as on-line documentation that can be referred to in cases where more detailed information is required.

In general, your Linux system can operate with a minimum of user maintenance. Routine tasks, such as rotating and discarding of system logs, are automated. Therefore, for the most part, even with very little user intervention, Linux will hum along doing its job. However, in cases of custom needs or system failure this documentation may prove useful.

Available for purchase at amazon.com

Self Service Linux - Mastering the Art of Problem Determination
Self Service Linux From the book’s back cover:

  • The indispensable troubleshooting resource for every Linux administrator, developer, support professional, and power user!
  • Systematically resolve errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs
  • Master essential Linux troubleshooting tools, including strace, gdb, kdb, SysRq, /proc, and more
  • The indispensable start-to-finish troubleshooting guide for every Linux professional

A systematic, practical guide to Linux troubleshooting for every power user, administrator, and developer. A four-step methodology for identifying and resolving every type of Linux-related system or application problem: errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs. You’ll learn exactly how to use Linux’s key troubleshooting tools to solve problems on your own, and how to make effective use of the Linux community’s knowledge.

If you use Linux professionally, this book can dramatically increase your efficiency, productivity, and marketability. If you’re involved with deploying or managing Linux in the enterprise, it can help you significantly reduce operation costs, enhance availability, and improve ROI.

Available for purchase at amazon.com
Introduction To Linux: A Beginner’s Guide
Introduction To Linux: A Beginner's Guide For new users, this book is an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. Advanced users can consider it a desktop reference with the base knowledge needed for system and network administration.

Contains hundreds of real life examples to help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and feel encouraged to try out things on your own.

Available for purchase at amazon.com
Linux Security for Beginners
A step by step approach to securing a Linux system from outside attack. Designed to be used and understood by both new and experienced Linux users.
Agustin’s Linux Manual (multiple links, see below)
This series is a step-by-step tutorial on GNU/Linux from installation to system administration, based on Mandrake Linux, but relevant to other Linux distributions. Each link below is directly to a PDF for that volume.
Linux From Scratch
Linux From Scratch How to build a Linux system from scratch. Benefits of building LFS vs. just downloading an existing Linux distribution:
  • LFS teaches people how a Linux system works internally, how things work together and depend on each other and how to customize it to your own tastes and needs
  • Building LFS produces a very compact Linux system
  • LFS is extremely flexible
  • LFS offers you added security


Old version available for purchase at amazon.com
Beyond Linux from Scratch
Follows on the Linux From Scratch book (item above). Introduces and guides the reader through additions to the system including networking, X support, sound support, printer support and scanner support.

Mainly aimed at those who have built a system based on the LFS book. It will also be useful for those who are using other distributions, but for one reason or another want to manually build software and are in need of some assistance. Can be used to create a range of diverse systems and so the target audience is probably nearly as wide as that of the LFS book. If you found LFS useful, you should also like this.
Brian and Tom’s Linux Book
Published in 2001, this book is written to help every Linux user, from the newbie who’s just getting started, to someone who’s been around the block once or twice and wants to have a handy broad reference to all the capabilities of this solid distribution. Included in this title are all of the tips, tricks, shortcuts, and hidden features that we’ve come across in our extensive travels with Linux in general, and especially as they apply to OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4.
  • Linux introduction and and installation
  • Linux GUI: the KDE desktop environment
  • Basic Linux Command Line including utilities, text editors, programs, tools, writing scripts using many of the popular environments, including Bash and Perl
  • System Security
  • Working with the Linux Server including Sendmail, Apache, and Samba
Introduction to Linux — A Hands On Guide
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide An overview of Linux geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced readers, aa desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples.

Links to other file formats of this book:     PDF     txt.gz

Available for purchase at amazon.com
Iptables Tutorial 1.2.0 - Linux Firewall Configuration
Covers TCP/IP layers, network protocols, firewall configuration, packet filtering as well as iptables and Netfilter configuration to implement a secure Linux environment. It also covers Network Address Translation (NAT) and both stateful and stateless packet filtering including a number of example scripts for firewall configuration.
Linuxtopia Technical Library
This site has lots of free Linux books. Nice that they are even grouped by category:
  • Linux Security  (14 books) including “Securing and Optimizing Linux, ” “Linux Security for Beginners,“ “Linux Administrator’s Security Guide,” “Linux Security HOWTO” and others
  • Linux for Beginners  (10 books) including “GNU/Linux Command-Line Tools Guide, ” “Ubuntu Linux Starter Guide,” “Introduction to Linux” and others.
  • Linux System Administration - Networking  (6 books) including “Linux Network Administration Guide,” “Linux NFS Tutorial Guide” and others.
  • General Linux System Administration  (5 books) including “The Linux Printing HOWTO” and others
  • SUSE Linux System Administration Books  (4 books)
  • Red Hat Linux System Administration  (5 books)
  • CentOS Linux System Administration  (5 books)
  • Debian GNU/Linux System Administration  (4 books)
  • Linux Kernel Programming  (1 book: “Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide”
  • Linux Virtualization  (5 books)
  • Linux Installation  (7 books)
  • Linux Tools & Utilities  (5 books)
  • Linux Development Tools  (10 books)
Free for All: How Linux and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High-Tech Titans
Free for All The story of how Linux and the free software movement undercut the high-tech titans by writing their own software and giving it away. This book covers the ups and downs, failures and successes, the struggles and teamwork.

Available for purchase at amazon.com


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