Where to Start

We’ve designed this book to occupy a specific niche in the vast ecosystem of man pages, blogs, magazines, books, and other reference materials that address the needs of UNIX and Linux system administrators.

First, it’s an orientation guide. It reviews the major administrative systems, identifies the different pieces of each, and explains how they work together. In the many cases where you must choose among various implementations of a concept, we describe the advantages and drawbacks of the most popular options.

Second, it’s a quick-reference handbook that summarizes what you need to know to perform common ...

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