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SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
by Daniel J. Barrett
Edition: Paperback
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Bit wordy, but good information, Jan. 22 2002
The authors go into quite a lot of detail regarding how SSH works. I found this to be a very valuable reference for SSH. It helped to clear up a lot of the misunderstandings I had regarding SSH.
If you're new to SSH and are looking for a good reference to make sense of it, this is for you. It's also very handy as bookshelf reference to come back to.

The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use
The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use
by Michael Stutz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.32
25 used & new from CDN$ 1.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Debian Linux Cookboox", Jan. 22 2002
You'd think with a title like "Linux Cookbook" that you'd get a information not stilted toward any particular distribution. Instead, you get a Debian Linux guide. While the book is thorough, it's title is misleading.
If you're looking for a general guide to help with running Linux, this isn't it. If however, you'd like a guide on getting started with Debian and how to accomplish a variety of tasks under Debian, this is the book for you.

Practical C Programming
Practical C Programming
by Steve Oualline
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.16
40 used & new from CDN$ 1.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for instruction but buggy examples, Nov. 30 2001
I recently purchased the 8/01 printing of this book. I did so after a quick scan of the book. My decision was heavily based on the fact that it's publish by O'Reilly, a company I had come to trust for accuracy. The code examples in this book begin to make me question that trust.
Don't get me wrong, the author is very clear in conveying the given topics, and for that alone the book is worth purchasing. However, the book is riddled with errors in the example code. In some cases the errors are intentional and corrected later as part of the lesson. Many others have been reported to O'Reilly, but appear to have gone unchecked. The current errata page for this book is quite long and was last updated (8/15/01 as of this writing) during the same month as the printing I have. However, O'Reilly still has these glaring errors classified as unverified.
Overall the book has been a wonderful learning tool, but you must take the source with a hefty grain of salt, and make your first stop O'Reilly's errata page.

Linux Game Programming W/CD with CDROM
Linux Game Programming W/CD with CDROM
by Mark Collins
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 2.89

1.0 out of 5 stars Programming or theory discussion?, July 11 2001
I've never been so disappointed with a computer book purchase. This book claims to be about programming games for Linux. However, it falls woefully short of this mark. I will admit it does have some code snippets, but these are very few and extremely buggy. To top things off, the author rapidly skims over most topics in a manner that is more akin to a theoretical discussion than instructional guide. I highly recommend saving your money.

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