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"The Book of Webmin" - Release Announcement - No Starch Press

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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2003
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
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.?
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
Table of contents:
Sample chapter:
Joe Cooper
ISBN 1886411921
368 pp., $34.95, $49.95 (Cdn)
June 2003
To order from No Starch Press?email: or call:
800.420.7240 or + 1 415.863.9900
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
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