On the lines of https://stackoverflow.com/questions/194812/list-of-freely-available-programming-books, I'm trying to create a wiki of system administrator books with open source licenses, like Creative Commons, GPL, etc. Feel free to pour in your recommendations.






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I use Python for system administration, this book is under GNU Free Documentation License: Dive into Python

This one is about the Linux Kernel: Linux Kernel in a Nutshell and published under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license

O'Reilly has also published a number of Open Books. Learning Debian, Version Control with subversion, Using Samba are quite outdated but still interesting.


Perl Training Australia have an excellent set of course notes for learning perl at http://perltraining.com.au/notes.html. These are the notes they use in their courses, but they're available for free download and use.

Course books available are:

  • Programming Perl
  • Object Oriented Perl
  • Perl Security
  • Database Programming with Perl
  • Web Development with Perl
  • Perl for System Administration

Highly Recommended for anyone wanting to learn perl.

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