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Beginning the Linux Command Line (Expert's Voice in Open Source) Paperback – April 26, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1430218890 ISBN-10: 1430218894 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218890
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for more than 10 years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.

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I'm the author of several books, most of which are about Linux in professional environments. These include "Beginning the Linux Command Line", "Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration" and "Pro Ubuntu Server Administration". Being a Linux user since 1992, the motivation to write books came early. Much of the documentation that you'll find on line (especially in the early days of Linux) was hard to read, so I wanted to translate that information into something that's understandable. I'm like the guy between the developer and the end user. Writing books is not the only way I accomplish this goal. Apart from being an author, I'm a technical trainer as well, delivering Linux courses all over the planet. And if a customer has something interesting, I might be willing to do some consultancy projects as well. In the past few years, most of these have included Linux High Availability and Virtualization. Recently I have developed my skills in SELinux as well and I have helped customers implementing their own custom policies.

Apart from all that, I have a personal life as well. I live in the Netherlands (that's a small country in Europe in case you've never heard of it). I like to travel, and my work allows me to do that often and I like running and photography. I've ran 4 Marathons while writing this and I'm preparing for the Washington Marathon this fall.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Some day learning Linux will be painless. Truly painless dentistry is like to arrive first.

Linux is an extravagantly rich environment. The more I penetrate its mysteries, the more I comprehend why Linux fanatics are fanatics: Linux is beautiful, Linux is stable, Linux is overflowing with useful features and tools, Linux is stable, Linux is free.

But for the newcomer, Linux is overwhelming, especially at the command line. "Linux In A Nutshell", the bible of all Linux commands, runs to hundreds of pages, each filled with arcane language.

Many authors have attempted to make Linux more readily accessible for the beginner. Often such books are merely lists of the commands needed to get started, accompanied by brief explanations. Some, on the other hand, attempt to be encyclopedias of Linux. Others, like "Beginning the Linux Command Line" try to convey what the beginner most needs - just enough information to make them comfortable in a Linux environment, just enough commands to get them started on various tasks and just enough explanation so the reader understands what they are doing and, more importantly, why.

"Beginning the Linux Command Line" is one of the more successful entries in this genre. It begins with a concise, but substantial history of the development of Linux, what he command line environment is and why it is often better, what the shell is, how commands entered at the command line are executed, what MAN pages are and how to use them. That last point about MAN pages becomes the Achilles heel of the book, but more on that later.

Par for the course, "Beginning the Linux Command Line" presumes that the user will be administering a system, which I guess is true even for a desktop environment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FieryPhoenix on March 11, 2011
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I've been a windows admin for many years and my Linux skills come and go (more go than come). I picked up this book in a brick & mortar store with a cup of joe and I was done the 1st 4 chapters in no time. What an easy read and I felt the cobwebs clear and new commands become part of my lexicon.
I couldn't WAIT to have the book in hand and I didn't want it on my iPad (I love to write in the margins and dog ear pages on technical books), so I PAID for it. It was worth every penny. I got home and worked through every command (new and old alike). I'm a better admin because of it. I'm no pro, but I feel much more confident about maneuvering around the command line; more that I ever had before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on October 7, 2010
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In the days that I and others were first exposed to the canonical Unix Operating System (in my case DIGITAL's Ultrix) users needed to learn the Bourne Command Shell and the Variety of Text and File Manipulation tools as well as at least a basic grasp of the C-Programming language. Today, Graphical Tools available in all Linux Distributions make many of the User and Systems Administration tasks that must be accomplished by the home and business user a simple matter of pull-down menu's and graphical selections. This book, in a simple and logical manner, delivered by Sander van Vugt a Linux Expert and excellent technical writer, gives the underlying command line tools and systems understanding that would enable a new (or experienced user) to handle all important phases of file and process administration as well command-line scripting, basic systems administration, and networking. Importantly, by using command-line tools and simple shell scripts the user not only understands what s/he is doing in using and manipulating the Linux System, but they can immediately function in a differing Linux distribution or graphical environment.

I highly recommend this compact, yet comprehensive introduction to Linux from the Command Line (or Bash Shell Scripts) that will enable the user or small system administrator to understand what they are doing and function in a variety of Linux distributions and window-based environments.

--Ira Laefsky
MSE/MBA IT Consultant and HCI Researcher
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and DIGITAL Equipment Corporation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LesF on February 24, 2011
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If like me you are starting Linux with just a DOS and Windows background, then this book will be invaluable. It details many of the Linux commands and gives plenty of examples. It provides essential reading, if you are to get to grips with the mind-bending details of the different Linux systems. It includes good sections on administering file systems, and also on scripting.
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