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Probably the worst handbook ever, and far away from what Arch is...
on December 13, 2012
I am very well acquainted with Arch but I really liked adding this book to my bookshelf and I was very eager to read it once I got it. That was all the happiness around it...
This book is NOT a handbook. It is a bad, very bad, copy of the installation guide. It stops right after the installation finishes and that's it.
There are no chapters on Pacman, ABS and PKGBUILDS which are the most important things an Arch handbook should have. When I say PKGBUILDS it should explain how to make your own, not where to find them.
Furthermote, this book was old before it got published. Arch community knew that they will be moving to systemd from early 2012. This book is published on July 2012 and it talks about initscripts and rc.conf. None of these things exist anymore!!
Even the installation guide is bad. No mention about GRUB2, just plain old GRUB which is of course considered a relic.
No mention of arch-install-scripts either. The book guides you through the old and non-existant AIF installation, which was more than explanatory for itself and needed no guides.
If you are reading this: DO NOT acquire this book. Maybe a 4th edition would be better, though I have my doubts.
The only good thing about this expensive book (it is expensive for something that is 100pages with huge fonts) is that a portion of the money goes back to arch development, I hope all of them go back.
In my opinion you are better of donating 5 bucks to archlinux than buying this book.
Sad, but true, I was really looking forward to get this book in my hands but it dissapointed me.