- Robin Anderson, Andy Johnson
Order (or just read more about) Unix Unleashed from Amazon.com
I'm probably going to be in the minority here, but I don't like
this book very much.
I don't have any technical gripes, and at over 1100 pages you
really shouldn't complain about coverage- and yet that is exactly
This book covers Unix by using both Solaris and Red Hat as
examples. And that's the problem: this is really two pretty good
500 page books. But the juxtaposition of these two OS'es in one
book is confusing even for someone like me who has strong
familiarity in both places. More than once I lost track and
couldn't decide if what was being said applies to Solaris or
Redhat- imagine how confused a neophyte would be!
There's also too much useless junk included. A giant fold out
SCSI troubleshooting chart probably seemed like a Good Idea to
someone, but it's not of much value. There are pages of "dmesg"
output- what for when there isn't deeper explanation of the lines?
Why print an entire inetd.conf file or four pages of packet dumps ?
There's just too much extraneous garbage- this could be a much
smaller and better book (though the only real cure for its problems
is to make it two books).
I also have a minor gripe about the use of end-quotes rather
than parenthetical notes (like this) or footnotes on the same page.
Having end-quotes located at the end of the chapter is annoying-
you have to flip to the end to find the reference, and worse, if
you are trying to find where an interesting reference was made, you
have to search back page by painful page. End-quotes that are
simply citation references are appropriate. Comments and the like
should be footnotes or parenthetical.
If you happen to run both Red Hat and Solaris, you might find
this more to your taste than I did.
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