Who this book is for
The intended audience for this book includes users with beginner- to intermediate-level Linux administration skills who are not shy of rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty with the Linux command-line terminal, working with scripts and CLI tools, on-premises and in the cloud. For most of the book, a regular desktop computer or laptop will suffice. Some of the chapters, such as those exploring Kubernetes and Ansible, may require a relatively powerful machine to set up the related lab environments.
The public cloud sections require AWS and Azure accounts if you want to follow along with the practical examples. Both cloud providers provide free subscription tiers, and we highly encourage you to sign up for their services.