This large book, written by a long-time Unix consultant and his staff, can serve as a fine in-house training guide and reference tool. By interspersing how-to information and reference tables with brief quizzes and exercises, the authors of Unix Made Easy
make it more likely that readers will retain information. System administrators might want to think about giving or loaning this book to all Unix newbies under their care.
The guide opens with a quick tour of Unix that includes logging in, exploring directory structures, creating files, and other basic jobs. Then, the authors explain vi using conceptual drawings that are superior for a computer book. Unfortunately, Unix Made Easydoesn't cover other editors as well, although it provides plenty of details on and excellent conceptual drawings of editing aids grep, sed, and awk.
The book's final chapters teach individual tasks, such as printing, using online help, and using Motif. In the section about using the Internet, the exercises (such as using FTP to get a list of mailing lists) make the last part of this book as much a guide to the global network as a guide to Unix. Unix Made Easy covers only two Web browsers--Mosaic and Lynx--before wrapping up with an appetite-whetting taste of C and Korn shell programming and environment modification.
From the Back Cover
Learn UNIx from the Man who Makes it Clear and Easy. There's an easy way to learn UNIX that tens of thousands of people swear by--and you're about to experience it. In this updated edition of John Muster's popular guide to navigating UNIX, you'll learn step-by-step how to master this ultra-capable operating system! Muster, a professional educator, has created a guide that will quickly turn you into an old UNIX pro. . .no matter what your skill level! In clear, concise language, Muster brings you up to speed on all the UNIX essentials, from the basics to the latest and greatest features, including the Motif graphical interface and the Internet. In UNIX Made Easy: The Basics & Beyond, Second Edition, you'll begin working in UNIX immediately with Muster's hands-on tutorials. Then you'll discover how to tailor your environment, communicate with other users and systems, use a network, and surf the Internet with confidence. In no time, you'll be conversant in UNIX and using all its capabilities and latest features, including: Files and Directories; File Editing; Shells; Power utilities; Processes and permissions; Command-line syntax; The X Window system; Internet connectivity options; Current improvements of recent releases. Also included are tons of: Clear hands-on examples that demonstrate how to use UNIX; Tips and suggestions on using UNIX more efficiently for quicker results; Answers to the most common UNIX questions. Beginners will love easy-to-follow format and skill-building exercises. Intermediate and advanced users will gobble up the in-depth coverage of what's new in the latest version of UNIX. Packed with all the answers, this updated edition of the popular UNIX Made Easy demystifies UNIX and truly makes the details easy to learn. Everyone can benefit from Muster's vast experience and put UNIX to work immediately! shells;
About the Author
John Muster is the president and founder of Muster Learning Architects. John has more than 30 years of experience in computers and education and has published numerous books on UNIX and other subjects. John's diverse background includes graduate work in educational psychology with an emphasis on how students learn technical information in traditional and non-traditional learning environments.
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