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January 2002

Setting up Netcat Printers  by Steve Fabac
- This is about how to set up tcp/ip printers on SCO Unix and is only left here for historical purposes.
AIX Survival Guide 
- Most reviewers have spoken very highly of this book. I hate to be the wet blanket, but I didn't think it was quite that good.

It's not a bad book, at all. I have to learn a bit about AIX for one of my clients, and I will say that this certainly gives me a head start on the curve. But I just had some bad feelings about some of the more general advice given (like the author's habit of adding SCSI devices on a running system or shutting down by simply "sync;sync" and powering off) to make me feel a little uncomfortable about the whole book.

Unix Unleashed 
- 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!