52 Books a Year: #8 - Linux Apache Web Server Administration

Posted by Brian Tue, 03 Nov 2009 21:38:00 GMT

Linux Apache Web Server Administration By Charles Aulds

4.5/5

This spring I reached my breaking point with Apache. I didn’t really have a good understanding of what I was doing and I was moving from tutorial-to-tutorial trying to fill in the gaps. Finally, I decided that I needed a book and the next day I started reading Linux Apache Web Server Administration courtesy of the library. This covers version 2.0 of the server. Currently Apache is on 2.2.14, but this still provides a solid foundation of the fundamentals, which is exactly what I was looking for. If you understand the fundamentals of Apache, the wealth of tutorials and how-to articles out there start making a lot more sense.

You will get the most value out of this book if you are running Apache on a box with root access. A lot of this will not apply if you are in a shared hosting environment (like me), but you will at least understand why your host has setup the server in a certain way as you curse them. The writing can be dense, but this is a dense topic. I felt like the coverage of scripting wasn’t very thorough, but for those without much programming experience I can see it being valuable.

If you are struggling to understand proper Apache usage like me, then this book is for you. As soon as anything went wrong I had very little understanding of how to fix it. Now I at least understand how to start.

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52 Books a Year: #1 - Ubuntu Hacks

Posted by Brian Sat, 20 Jun 2009 03:30:00 GMT

Ubuntu Hacks
By Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer, Bill Childers

Ubuntu has an aggressive release schedule of every six months. This makes publishing up-to-date books very difficult for publishers, as Ubuntu Hacks shows. Even though it was released in June 2006 it is already very out of date, covering 6.06 (Dapper Drake), while the current release is 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). A lot has changed in the Ubuntu since then, but with those considerations in mind Ubuntu Hacks is at least worth a flip through the TOC.

As with the other books in the O’Reilly Hacks Series, Ubuntu Hacks is not designed to be read cover-to-cover. Instead it walks you through accomplishing specific tasks, such as dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows or ripping DVDs. While these tasks are now dated in the details, they still provide a nice starting point and can give you fresh ideas on things to try. For example, it had never even occurred to me to create my own Ubuntu package, but I was able to see how straight forward the process is.

Overall, the book could badly use another edition, but it is still worth flipping through at the bookstore or library to see if anything jumps out at you. With the breadth of subjects covered the chances are good that there are at least of couple hacks that will rouse your interest.

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