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Review: A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Fifth Edition
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Mark Sobell again delivers the answers to common Linux administration challenges, and provides thorough and step-by-step instructions to configuring many of the common Linux Internet services in A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fifth Edition.
Book Review: Linux Kernel Programming
Source: Dave Wreski - Posted by Dave Wreski   
As Linux is implemented on increasingly wider number of devices, the number of people responsible for developing and maintaining Linux on those platforms have increased. As the level of maturity of the kernel increases, so does the complexity, capabilities, and size. This book provides the Linux programmer the tools necessary to understand the core aspects of the kernel and how to interface with it.
Review: The Official Ubuntu Book
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
If you havenít used Linux before, are new to Ubuntu, or would like a quick update on the latest in open source advancements for the desktop, then The Official Ubuntu Book is a great place to start. Authored by a group of some of the most experienced open source administrators and developers, this 400-page user guide details everything you need to know about how to make the most of your Ubuntu, Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE), and Xubuntu (Ubuntu with Xfce) computer.
Review: Zabbix 1.8 Network Monitoring
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
If you have anything more than a small home network, you need to be monitoring the status of your systems to ensure they are providing the services they were designed to provide. Rihards Olups has created a comprehensive reference and usability guide for the latest version of Zabbix that anyone being tasked with implementing should have by their side.
Review: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Second Edition
Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
If you've ever wondered what a "buffer overflow" was, or how a "denial of service" attack works beyond just a basic understanding, then there is no better book that will help you to delve into the nitty-gritty than Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Second Edition, by Jon Erickson.
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