This is the book I wanted when I started learning about Unix. OK,
Linux didn't exist then, but if it had existed, and if I were
sticking my toes in it, this would have been THE book.
If there's anything Mark forgot to cover, it can't be important.
It's all here, from installation to writing programs and shell scripts.
Everything, and I do mean everything you could possibly need to
know about Linux is packed into just over 1,000 pages.
It's simply mind boggling. If I were tasked to write such
a book, you would have found me crouched in a corner muttering
to myself after only a few hundred pages. How Mark stayed focused
while moving step by step through such a broad range of subjects
and idea is hard to imagine. It's like setting out to walk
across a continent: sure, you just have to keep walking, but..
The book is written so that it could be used in a course,
with suggested questions and exercises at the end of each chapter.
Subjects are often introduced and then covered more deeply
later: for example, the Bash shell actually has three widely
separated chapters covering it at different levels. There
are plenty of tips and examples in every section.
The only gripe I'd have is with some of the reviews.
I would also highly recommend it to an experienced computer user who is moving to the Linux platform.
That was from the cover. I wouldn't recommend this to an experienced
person - there's just too much here that they'd already know even if they
knew nothing about Linux or Unix. I wouldn't NOT recommend it either,
but I'd warn them that there's a lot here they wouldn't need.
However, don't take that as a big negative. If you are a Windows
admin who has been perusing job listings and feeling a little sick
because everybody seems to want you to know a bit of Linux, take
heart: this will teach you Linux.
If you are an old Unix hand, well, you are going to skim a lot.
But don't skim too quickly, because you will miss important
And what about if you've been doing Linux for the past decade or so?
Well.. I'm pretty sure you don't need this book. You might want
it just the same, because it is a handy place where you can look
up just about anything Linuxish, but you certainly don't need it.
Oh, FC5 DVD is included, saving you more than a little
- Mark G. Sobell
- Prentice Hall
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