Tom Adelstein

Tom Adelstein

International Best Selling Author [Print]

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Paris, Texas

Areas of Expertise:

  • Non-fiction: technology
  • Fiction: suspense
  • consulting
  • speaking
Tom Adelstein began his career as a screenwriter for an independent film company and a song writer for Pompeii Records. In 1985, he had a breakthrough year with the publication of "How to Read, Analyze and Select Private Real Estate Offerings," by Longman, Pearson. His works span several genres including non-fiction, investigative reporting, novels, screenplays and music. As a journalist, he was a member of the Computer Press Association. Tom's last book,"Linux System Administration" hit number seven (7) on Amazon's Technical Best Seller list in 2007. He also won the "Linux Journal Reader's Choice Award" in 2008. Currently, Linux System Administration has been published in 14 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, Turkish, German, Croatian and, of course, English.

Tom was an activist for Linux during the 1990's. He organized an advocacy group to bring Linux into government. He initiated legislation for Open Source Software in Texas, including Senate Bill 1579 filed by State Senator John Carona in November 2002. He lobbied for the Global Justice Data Model and a broad-based Amber Alert Sharing System based on the FBI's Emergency Response Network.

He is considered an important figure in the adoption of the Linux operating system, virtualization of Internet servers and technology leading to the "Cloud". In 2003, Linux World named him one of the world's 20 global Linux Luminaries. In 1999, Tom started a .Net software company, which helped bring IBM into the world of Open Source Systems. He broke the wire-line protocol of Outlook and Exchange Server and ported it to Linux on an IBM Mainframe. Dr. Donald K. Rosenberg wrote: "Tom Adelstein of Bynari Systems, Inc. has found the missing piece to enable corporate migration from Windows to Linux systems," and eventually to Google's Android communication protocols. Tom also worked intermittently as a writer for hire (ghost writer) between 1970 and 2010. Among his many achievements, he wrote over 350 magazine articles for well-known and smaller publications.

Linux System Administration Linux System Administration
by Tom Adelstein, Bill Lubanovic
March 2007
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $35.99

Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop
by Tom Adelstein, Sam Hiser
September 2004
Print: $34.95

"Linux System Administration seems to have been written for Linux sys admins who already know the basics and need to have a central location to find solutions to the most common problems."
--James Pyles, Linux Magazine

"Linux system administrators who want to solve problems quickly may already have many Linux references at hand for in-depth treatment, but the advantage of Linux System Administration is it's a quicker reference than most – and thus more valuable to Linux programming libraries and programmer collections than weightier coverages. Its at-a-glance pages offer up plenty of real-world case history scenarios, question/answer formats, and tips which advance the training of existing Linux administrators who want to enhance and expand on their skills. From installing Apache and MySQL on a web server to using Linux visualization with VMW are to run multiple kernels on one piece of hardware, this is an item of choice for any Linux programmer."
--Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch - Computer Shelf

"I've just finished reading a review copy of O'Reilly's latest GNU/Linux title, Linux System Administration. It's a handy introduction for the beginner GNU/Linux sysadmin, and a useful addition to an experienced sysadmin's bookshelf. The book is essentially a survey of various Linux system-administration tasks: installing Debian; setting up LAMP; configuring a load-balancing, high-availability environment; working with virtualization. None of the chapters are in-depth examinations of their subjects; rather, they're enough to get you started and familiar with the concepts involved, and headed in the right direction."
--Bob Uhl,

"...this book is easy to read and understand. I really found each chapter to be modular and this enhanced the readability of the book. I think that even a novice could get a multifunctional server up and running. The step by step instructions that follow a brief overview is a basic but genius way of transitioning from each part of the initial to the final stages of the set up and configuration process. I am only half way through the project but I am eager to finish the book as I set up a fedora core 6 server for my network administration class."
--Mark Mitchell