This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
For Immediate Release May 8, 2003 ?THE BOOK OF WEBMIN:? CHANGING THE FACE OF UNIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION No Starch Press to publish new book on Open Source system administration suite San Francisco, CA?No Starch Press continues its march into the realm of burgeoning Open Source markets with ?The Book of Webmin? (by Joe Cooper, $34.95, ISBN 1886411921, June 2003). This book?the first dedicated to the web-based systems administration toolkit?is a thoroughly revised version of the Webmin online documentation, also written by Joe Cooper. Just as Webmin is used by novice and experienced UNIX administrators alike, ?The Book of Webmin? is also a useful reference for a broad spectrum of UNIX and Linux administrators. Cooper first wrote ?The Book of Webmin? in response to the massive amount of questions being posted on the Webmin project mailing list. He learned very quickly that using Webmin was no substitute for knowledge of the underlying system. ?I often tell people that Webmin doesn't make being a good system administrator easy; it just makes the problems more visible and the solutions more consistent,? he says. ??The Book of Webmin? serves as both an introductory text to many complex topics and a reference guide for experienced system administrators." While experienced system administrators may prefer the flexibility that comes with using the command line for some tasks, ?The Book of Webmin? affords them the luxury of not having to memorize every complex syntax in order to maintain their system. "The Book of Webmin" shows readers a new way of accomplishing real-world system administration tasks. Readers learn how to: * Install, configure, and customize Webmin to suit different environments, including those with many users and varying access levels * Setup and maintain a virtual hosting webserver, with mail, name service, and FTP * Get up and running with Apache, Sendmail, Postfix, BIND, Squid, and WU-FTPD * Secure the machine from crackers using password policy, application level network access control, SSL, and firewalls ?The Book of Webmin? brings to fruition a collaboration between No Starch Press and the Webmin project leaders, which began when Webmin was still in beta. Because of its flexibility as an independent publisher, No Starch Press is able to engage in the free exchange of information that is the hallmark of the Open Source process. ?The Book of Webmin,? for example, will be published under the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL). Bill Pollock, President of No Starch Press explains: ?We give authors the choice of what license to use for our books. Some prefer the traditional closed publishing agreement and some prefer publishing their work under a free license. From a sales standpoint, either way works. Publishing works under free licenses generates extra readership and publicity by virtue of being so accessible.? ABOUT THE AUTHOR Joe Cooper is co-founder and CEO of Swell Technology?developers of a successful line of web caching server appliances. He has contributed code to Webmin, written several Webmin modules, and has created a custom Webmin theme. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Table of contents: http://www.nostarch.com/frameset.php?startat=webmin_toc Sample chapter: http://www.nostarch.com/webmin_ch11.pdf THE BOOK OF WEBMIN Joe Cooper ISBN 1886411921 368 pp., $34.95, $49.95 (Cdn) June 2003 To order from No Starch Press?email: email@example.com or call: 800.420.7240 or + 1 415.863.9900 ABOUT NO STARCH PRESS Since 1994, No Starch Press has published unique books on computing, with a focus on Open Source, security, hacking, web development, programming, gaming, and alternative operating systems. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our goal is to make computing accessible to everyone. [ May 08, 2003: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]