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Beginning the Linux Command Line (Expert's Voice in Open Source) 2009th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1430218894
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 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: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Mr. Van Vugt has done a great job of relating the how's, why's, and what's of beginning the Linux Command Line. If you are going to be using a Linux Command Line for your job, school, or scripting, this is a great place to start. Relevant commands and detailed explanations will set you on a path of increased productivity.
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All of the previous reviews are accurate to a point. One major perspective is that not all Linux beginners are involved in, or desire to be, system administrators. If one is going to call a book a beginner's guide, then start at the beginning! During installation, how do I connect to my wireless network? What is a domain name? (I thought my domain name was on my server and began with "[...]") Does the program (Slackware 13.37) mean "my computer's name?" Why not just say so? Once I get the disto installed, how do I create a document? How do I open that document? Dealing with "Vi" right out of the gate? Why? Why not tell me about "Nano" first? I am having to consult 4 different "beginners' guides" (including this one) to actually get the information I need. Isn't there a truly simple beginners' guide out there, along the lines of "Visual Guide to..."?
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Good text on the subject. I would recommend it for thode getting into Linux.
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