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Book offers practical Linux networking tips, examples

Nov 29, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

O'Reilly has published an overview of Linux networking. Following up on her Linux Cookbook, Carla Schroder has written the Linux Networking Cookbook both for networking professionals who need to know more about Linux and Linux administrators who need to know more about networking.

(Click for larger view of the cover of the Linux Networking Cookbook)

The 638-page Linux Networking Cookbook is targeted primarily at networking administrators in home-, small-, and medium businesses, but is also recommended as an introduction for Linux administrators in larger enterprises. The book is designed to fill the gaps in Linux networking issues, as well as provide easy-to-find tips and reminders on the most essential information, says the publisher.

Author Schroder is a self-taught system administrator and consultant who has been working with Linux since 1997. The book will not, promises O'Reilly, “tax your patience with endless ramblings and meanderings into theory and obscure RFCs.”

The Linux Networking Cookbook is said to focus on Linux connectivity issues, including firewalls, wireless access points, VoIP, virtual private networks (VPNs), and remote access and administration. Specific topics include:

  • Building a gateway, firewall, and wireless access point
  • Building a VoIP server with Asterisk
  • Secure remote administration with SSH
  • Building secure VPNs with OpenVPN and a Linux PPTP VPN server
  • Single sign-on with Samba for mixed Linux/Windows LANs
  • Centralized network directory with OpenLDAP
  • Network monitoring with Nagios or MRTG
  • Getting acquainted with IPv6
  • Setting up hands-free networks installations of new systems
  • Linux system administration via serial console

Carla Schroder
Stated Schroder (pictured at right), “When I wrote the Linux Cookbook, I already had the Linux Networking Cookbook in mind as a companion volume. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate.”


The Linux Networking Cookbook is available now for $45 at O'Reilly's website. In 2005, O'Reilly published another Linux networking book, Understanding Linux Network Internals.

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