View Full Version : Best Ubuntu/Linux Admin Book

December 19th, 2008, 01:23 AM

Please recommend a book for Ubuntu/Linux administration and security that goes quite in depth. I'd like to be able to learn about basic to advanced commands, the kernel (configuring etc), security, why it does not need anti-virus and firewall (some say), also what about malware and spyware and all the other wares etc etc

I have previously used FreeBSD, which is also pretty cool, but difficult to set up.

I love Ubuntu by the way.

December 19th, 2008, 01:40 AM
I'm certain there are a lot of good books out there, I have the 'linux quick fix notebook' which I find I found indispensable when learning how to write my own iptables firewall script. It was also useful for other things such as setting up my DHCP and FTP. I would consider it about intermediate level. It assumes you have an understanding of the CLI but and about server tasks in general (such as what a firewall is and what DNS does) but also assumes you don't know how to configure any of it on linux with just the CLI.

Sitting Duck
December 19th, 2008, 02:53 AM
A practical guide to Ubuntu Linux by Mark G. Sobell

I'm currently reading it but I'm not sure if I'll ever finish it (it's around 1200 pages long). I like it a lot though.

December 24th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I just bought myself the Ubuntu Linux Toolbox by Christopher Negas and Francois Caen. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470082933.html
It seems to be a really good guide for all levels and has quite a bit on sys admin and security.

I also bought the Linux Phrasebook, by Scott Granneman. VERY useful. explains all the phrases used with the terminal and why.

December 24th, 2008, 04:59 PM