Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
A major hole is a lot of technical literature is for the intermediates. Beyond the beginners and the ‘Linux:101’ guides, but still a step below the top tier advanced methodologies and abstract concepts, they tend to fall between the gap. Rob Flickenger’s book Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools, published by the acclaimed O’Reilly Media group is perfect for those beyond the basics but not quite admin pro.
The book covers 100 shortcuts, ideas, and workarounds to some of the most common Linux server challenges, but also for complicated thorny problems and just faster ways to get stuff done. Written for Linux and LAMP hosts, the majority of system administrators are sure to find something useful in here, whether it’s how to tune their Linux kernel or better manage their MySQL databases, there’s something for everyone. And with hundreds of examples, you don’t have to be a total expert to get a lot of use out of it. Written by Rob Flickenger, a long time systems administrator and communications expert, and has written extensively about both of these topics. What this means is that Linux Server Hacks is written by someone who knows Linux and the common challenge, but more importantly knows when you’re going to run into them. As a result, the structure of the book is logical and intuitive, making specific information easy to access and action.
However at the end of the day, it’s really a long list of quick fix solutions to setting up a positive server environment. One common critique is that it’s not worth the money – after all, most of these hacks are online for free in a more searchable, interactive way. However, if you prefer a book to a website, and want all your common problems solved in one easy place, then Linux Server Hacks should have a spot on your bookshelf.