For various reasons I’m in a process of capturing some ancient history before it potentially gets lost in the great cyberspace rubbish bin.
The most recent find/rediscovery has been the Fourth edition of An Introduction to Linux Systems Administration. This text was used for the Systems Administration course I used to teach. The 4th edition is from 1999 and was the last time I taught the course all the way through.
Ahh, the good old days.
In its hey day this was a much read text, used by a couple of other institutions and even translated into other languages. A quick google search “an introduction to linux systems administration” shows 140 hits including this one that has a nice, short review.
Sadly, the text hasn’t been maintained to the same level nor have subsequent versions of it been openly available.
Sadest of all is that none of the 140 links returned on Google are to a site associated with the course for which the book was created. The university for that course is no longer getting any of the free publicity and attention it once got.
Back in 2003 alone, a PDF of the fourth edition was downloaded over 65,000 times.