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Press Release: July 11, 2000

Linux Network Administrator's Guide Revised and Expanded

Sebastopol, CA--Olaf Kirch originally wrote Linux Network Administrator's Guide as part of the Linux Documentation Project to enable users to master all those day-to-day, practical issues that arise in Linux networking. It proved so invaluable a text on Linux networking, that O'Reilly & Associates published it in book form.

"'Linux Network Administrator's Guide' is an LDP work, it's a free documentation project," says Terry Dawson, the book's co-author. "The end result is an example of the synergy that can result when a company like O'Reilly is brave enough to support a project in spite of the knowledge that some of their work and effort may assist competitors."

Now fully updated in its second edition, this impressive, comprehensive introduction to networking on Linux 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.

"Networking is critically important to Linux. Linux was born of the Internet and now plays a part in driving the growth of the Internet. The synergy between the two is very exciting. Linux administrators can expect to see greater sophistication in the tools available to them for network administration. They can also expect to see increased depth and breadth of the scope of tools. What is available now is just the beginning," says Dawson.

Olaf Kirch, co-author, agrees. "I believe Linux is here to stay. During the next year or two, we'll see a consolidation of the Linux market, with 'serious' companies stepping up their involvement in the Linux arena: hardware vendors creating their own Linux distributions, etc. Network admins will have to be familiar with Linux."

About O'Reilly's Second Edition Discount:
If you have the first edition of "Linux Network Administrator's Guide", O'Reilly will give you a 30% discount on the purchase price of the newer edition on orders directly from the publisher. You must send in the original title page to get the discount--no photocopies allowed. If you have any questions or comments, please contact a representative from O'Reilly's Customer Service department (800-998-9938) or email

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Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 2nd Edition
By Olaf Kirch & Terry Dawson
2nd Edition July 2000
1-56592-400-2, 506 pages, $34.95

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