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Beginning the Linux Command Line (Expert's Voice in Open Source) 1st Edition
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Good text on the subject. I would recommend it for thode getting into Linux.Published 18 months ago by Ronald E Henley
A nice intro to the command line. Nothing special about it. You can pass a few exams if you couple this book with the Pro Linux System Administration book. That's outstanding!Published 23 months ago by KJ
Mr. Van Vugt has done a great job of relating the how's, why's, and what's of beginning the Linux Command Line. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Bret A Van Hof