Although CentOS has a huge number of benefits over other operating systems, we cannot escape the fact that it's also free. With virtual machines starting to replace traditional hosted services, people are finding that having their own server is not only much more flexible but also often cheaper.

But running your own server is very different from simply using a hosted service, and this is where The Definitive Guide to CentOS comes in. It has been written to help newcomers to the platform get up and running in production as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Each of the chapters has a specific task-oriented goal and explains how to do the majority of tasks that people are looking to do.

Just like CentOS itself, we hope to be able ...

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