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Finally, I have a Safari subscription!

After months and months (and months) of asking, FINALLY, my work got me a bookshelf subscription to O’Reilly’s Safari Online. If you’re unacquainted with this site, click the previous link. It’s an online library of IT books from pretty much every major publisher. With my bookshelf subscription, I can “check out” 10 books a month and put them on my “bookshelf”, so that they’re available to me. With the even cooler “library” subscription, you just go read whatever you want. Your bookshelf doesn’t have limits, and it just goes.


A few months ago, I know exactly what I would have checked out first, however I now own the most excellent tome The Practice of Systems and Network Administration. Let me just say that if you don’t have it yet, I give it my highest recommendation.

So my question is, what books do you recommend that I get first?

Sources of wisdom and experience

If you’re a sysadmin (and given the fact that you’re reading this, you’re at least interested), you may be familiar with SAGE, which I’ve mentioned before. Every year, SAGE and USENIX put on a convention called LISA, the Large Installation Systems Administration conference.

Each year, there are plenty of speakers and programs covering topics of interest to all sorts of programmers and administrators. After the conference, the presentations are put online for the USENIX/SAGE members. After a year, they’re released to the general public.

2007’s presentations have recently been made available, and all the previous years’ are still online.

Even though the presentations are a year old, they’re still very educational, and an excellent way to pack in something interesting to your schedule.