No computing system runs optimally straight out of the box. Whether you need to adjust security settings, add users, define permissions, or install applications—there is always something left to do. Once the system is configured exactly how you want it, the next task is maintaining the system until an upgrade is needed. Then the cycle starts all over again. This cycle is known as system administration. Administrators well versed in Linux or Unix system administration understand the power and flexibility that simple scripts can add to the geek's toolbox. Forget about the mundane tasks: Let the scripts deal ...

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