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Learning the UNIX Operating System [Paperback]

Grace Todino , John Strang , Jerry Peek
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Dec 8 1997 1565923901 978-1565923904 Fourth Edition

If you are new to UNIX, this concise introduction will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Why wade through a 600-page book when you can begin working productively in a matter of minutes? It's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little bit about UNIX on the systems they visit.

This book is the most effective introduction to UNIX in print. The fourth edition covers the highlights of the Linux operating system. It's a handy book for someone just starting with UNIX or Linux, as well as someone who encounters a UNIX system on the Internet. And it now includes a quick-reference card.

Topics covered include:

  • Linux operating system highlights
  • Logging in and logging out
  • Window systems (especially X/Motif)
  • Managing UNIX files and directories
  • Sending and receiving mail
  • Redirecting input/output
  • Pipes and filters
  • Background processing
  • Basic network commandsv

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Part basic primer, part reference guide, this slim volume will make your life with UNIX much simpler. This book is specifically designed for those who are new to UNIX and contains neither introductory-level condescension nor advanced-level gibberish. Well-indexed and clearly mapped, Learning the UNIX Operating System will show you how to use and manage files and get your e-mail as well as how to perform more advanced tasks, such as redirecting standard input/output and multitasking your processes. Those new to the UNIX world will appreciate its concise presentation, and those reasonably familiar with UNIX will learn many new shortcuts, tricks, and tools. --Jennifer Buckendorff

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A useful reference for those interested in the Unix operating system... -- Joe Huber, The Book Report, March/April 2002

Its small footprint makes it an ideal desk reference for the learning period. -- Major Keary, Book News, 2002 No 6 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Oct. 26 2013
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The material in this book is outdated. It is too expensive for what you get. A beginner would cruise through this book and be done in one day. It hardly teaches you "the Unix operating system." There are more comprehensive manuals for the same price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars why I order this book July 29 2013
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First time unix programmer/user, it worked out well nice to have on hand when needed and ready to use when needed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction Feb. 19 2004
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This is a good first book on Unix. A reader of the book can decide which of the subjects covered in the book interests him, and go deeper by reading other books. Be sure to check the errata page at oreilly.com for mistakes in the book.
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Every UNIX Admin Group Should Have One... To loan to users
You are perceived to be a UNIX guru. People regularly come to you with great deference to ask you for advice and help. Someone apologizes for his/her lack of knowledge for the third or fourth time and asks about a basic command. You grab a thin book from the shelf. "Take a look at this book", you say, "You probably know most of what's in here, but maybe some of it will help you. Just give it back when you're done." With relief he/she clutches the book and thanks you several times. He/she almost bumps into your neighbor's cubicle wall as he/she walks away reading this book...
Buy this thin book and this may happen to you. Well, the first part you'll have to manage yourself, but no self-styled UNIX novice has been ungrateful to borrow this book. Anyone seen as a guru will find that this book will pay for itself as a time-saving loaner.
I must say, that perception plays a great deal in this case. The book is amazingly thin and sports an O'Reilly animal on the cover. Anyone in corporate IT will associate this book with the O'Reilly books the in-house experts have on their shelves. I have another book that I feel may be a bit better for UNIX beginners, but given a choice, people will grab this one.
One can't help but notice sections that are probably unnecessary for computer-savvy UNIX beginners, such as "working with a mouse" and the description of a directory structure. But these sections are brief and clear and the authors move on quickly to UNIX-specific items such as "Redirecting I/O".
I definitely prefer "UNIX: Visual QuickStart Guide" from Peachpit Press, so I'm compelled to give this book less than a perfect score. I must admit that people who borrow this book seem much more enthusiastic when they borrow it than when they return it. But they also seem ready to move on to heavier books, and that's well worth the price.
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