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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (July 5 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201895498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201895490
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 18.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have been looking for a beginner's book for Linux for a long time. This is the third book on Linux I have purchased. I wish I had bought this one first. This book has everything for someone who is new to Linux. It gives detailed descriptions of the utilities, the shells, how to use different text editors as well as networking. It doesn't go over the installation process; you can get instructions for your version on the web. I found this book to be very helpful for someone like myself who is new to Linux. I would recommend this nook to anyone who is new to Linux.
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Perhaps it's Mark Sobell's writing style or perhaps it's the nature of Linux. I've found so much knowledge here--written so clearly, concisely, and in such an organized manner--that I had to stop learning and write this review.
I'm using this book as a text by reading it chapter by chapter. And I'm also using its index to search for answers to questions while I play with Linux on my PC. Both uses are paying off because I'm learning Linux to my satisfaction and pleasure.
Thanks, Mark, for your efforts.
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Great work from Mark Sobell... this man is really good! . I'm constantly returning to this book as a reference. It's more recommended for newbies , as it goes through all unix world (concepts,basic commands,shells,etc..) but after you get experienced you'll use it as good reference for some doubts. the main commands are all there with all those -xxxxxx options indeed. I also agree with one of the reviews that said that it needs some new review as it was written is 1997, but it's still a very good value book. Every admin should have one in the shelf.
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The author says right off the bat that this isn't a book that will help you install Linux. He refers you elsewhere. This book contains information that, in my opinion, everyone needs to know if their goal is to be a master user in Linux.
Other books concentrate on things that are specific to a certain distribution. This book concentrates mostly on things that should be done from the command-line, and different command-line programs. If you want to be good at Linux, or even aspire to be a Linux admin, you need to know this stuff.
I would like to see the author make an updated version of this book, and cover things like ssh, and remote administration.
This is an excellent book! I gave it a 4-star rating because I think it should have covered other info, like the kernel, and ways to tweak your system.
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This is the best Linux tutorial/sys admin book around. Period.
My only wish is it were revised yearly to keep up with new features and commands. (it was published in 1997). Specifically it needs new material on secure shell and secure ftp.
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This is the best linux book that i have picked up to date..In the book the author goes through the whole system, showing the reader how to compile the kernal, create a firewall, set security, setup hardware and many other apps.. I would like to find other books from this author as well..
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I've been working on linux for more than a year, and this was a book assigned for a class. Since then, I've bought four other linux books. But this one is usually the first book I will consult regardless.
The problems with the book are: that the book is very old, and that it doesn't discuss newer versions of Netscape and Red Hat and other tools. Linux has gotten a lot more user friendly, and this book won't provide a lot of help about using the most modern window manager. The book does not discuss apache and possibly not even samba (i don't remember). It doesn't really adequately describe dual booting with windows (which is an important thing to discuss). On the other hand, it gives a more than adequate explanation of vi, emacs and cvs.
Also this book is unparalleled is discussing how to use the command line interface and explaining the underworkings of the linux/unix OS. The best thing about the book is that it gives an exceptional index to the bash commands and utility commands and it gives two or three pages of explanations and EXAMPLES for each one. At first glance, it may resemble a man page, but it gives much more than that. It gives actual situations, and prompts, user input and results. These examples easily explain the functions and the powers and the niceties of the command switches. Particularly helpful were the discussion of sed, awk, regular expressions and other low level commands. It doesn't discuss networking as much as it should, but its unwavering focus on the command line more than makes up for this deficiency.
Other books I would recommend include LINUX, Second Edition: Installation, Configuration, and Use and Oreilley's Running Linux or Network Administrator's Guide. But I still go back to this book more often than all three of these books combined. When this book comes out in a later edition (and I feel sure it will), it will undoubtedly be the best guide for newbies and pro's alike.
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WOW! Its not often that you get to read a book that flows along with the learning curve, that is why I have made this book part of my learning curriculum, my students are learning in two ways one is by the wonderful knowledge contained in this book and two is by interactive classes.
I had the great distinction to be able to speak with Mr. Sobell and from the brief conversation with him; I have found him to be a sincere and genuine person. People like that are hard to find and then when they offer their wisdom in print well that is a blessing!
So if your not sure that you want to get into Linux, buy his book read it cover to cover if you don't sit back and say WOW then you need to read it again!
Thank you Mr. Mark G. Sobell
Hal Baumgardner Senior Systems Analyst
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