APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Unix Unleashed


Some material is very old and may be incorrect today

© January 2002 Tony Lawrence

Amazon 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 my gripe.

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.


If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Got something to add? Send me email.





(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

->
-> Unix Unleashed (Book Review)


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course

Take Control of Numbers

Are Your Bits Flipped?

Take Control of IOS 11

El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course





More Articles by © Tony Lawrence





Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us


Printer Friendly Version





The history of the world teaches us that succession is dangerous and that the strong take what they want. It's not likely to be any different with Linux. (Tony Lawrence)




Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts


This post tagged:

Administration

Books

Linux

Scripting

Shell

Solaris

Unix



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode