Linux System Admin

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There does not seem to be any formalised curriculum for study regarding Linux/Open Source system administration yet. Below are some topics to help start with an in-depth knowledge of Linux/Open Source systems.


  1. E&E E-Books.
  2. The Linux Documentation Project
  3. O'Reilly Linux Books


  1. Linux Programming
  2. Bruce Eckel's Online Books
  3. Various Tutorials.

Directory Server

In a multi-user and multi-machine environment it is advisable to use some sort of services management server for users and machines which is shared amongst all machines and users. This server should ideally be setup in a master/slave mode with a failover facility for maximum availabilty. Below are listed some options to achieve this.

  1. OpenLDAP and phpldapadmin:
  2. Ultrapossum
  3. GOSA

File/Data Servers

Private Data

Once user and machine details have been setup then the sharing of data locally is usually the next logical step.

  1. SAMBA
  2. NFS

Public Data

The sharing of data publically is also desirable.

  2. ProFTP


  1. MySQL
  2. PostgreSQL

E-Mail and Groupware Servers


Check out the Hula project. Go to:


  1. Exim
  2. Postfix
  3. Sendmail

Training and Certification


  1. Redhat: Obsidian.
  2. SUSE: Novell or Smart Source.


  1. The LPI institute:


  1. Daily news on the Internet.
  2. The most active open source projects.


  1. An informal history of Linux.
  2. Clemson University has a Linux 101 course.
  3. Local "man" page to web page convertor.

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