This book is intended for a target audience of technical and system administrators who manage
Linux servers, but it also includes enough material for home users and others. It discusses
how to install and setup a Red Hat Linux Server with all the necessary security and
optimization for a high performance Linux specific machine. Since we speak of optimization
and security configuration, we have used only source distribution (tar.gz) programs; the most
available type for critical server software, like Apache, BIND/DNS, Samba, Squid, OpenSSL etc.
Source packages give us fast upgrades, security updates when necessary, and a better
compilation, customization, and optimization option for our specific machines that often we
can't have with RPM packages.