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How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know Paperback – May 14, 2004
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"does a great job of taking the reader through the more advanced parts of Linux ... a very informative read" -- SA Computer Magazine, September 2004
"the book covers all the basics, starting with the shell and ending with a great chapter about buying hardware." -- eWeek, June 2004
5 stars, "One of the best basic books on learning Linux, written with the power user in mind." -- OpenSource-Book-Reviews.com http://www.opensource-book-reviews.com/book_reviews/by_publisher/No_Starch_Press/
About the Author
Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993, when he scraped together enough pennies for a secondhand 386. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Chicago, and currently works in San Francisco as a consultant and instructor. He is author of the Linux Kernel-HOWTO, The Book of VMware and The Linux Problem Solver.
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The focus is on the user or the person who has been assigned to administer an existing Linux system. If you need to add a peripheral device, setup or change printing, mount a CD for access by Windows based machines, or pretty much anything else that an administrator of a Linux file server needs to know its covered. There are better books for other type of servers like setting up a web server, MySQL, or other items.Read more ›
The first couple of chapters are old hat to any Unix user, being just basic overviews of how Unix in gneral works, but Brian quickly gets into the real meat of Linux with chapter 3 "How Linux Boots" and goes on from there with coverage of networking, printing and everything else you'd expect. If that were all there was, I'd be impressed and would recommend this book, but there is more. There are two excellent chapters on programming tools and compiling source code. These include troubleshooting compilation problems, an often ignored aspect of our Open Source world. A third related chapter covers kernel compilation specifically and again goes beyond the usual treatment.
Throughout the book, Brian gives useful hints and suggestions. He has obviously used and administered real Linux systems and has good experience and advice to share.
I like Brian's writing style and the definite techie orientation. If you are a tech person investigating Linux, this is a good book to read.
Part 1: The basics are covered in pretty much detailed. Even though I found that at some places I could use a man or info command to get a more detailed information about certain command, I can understand that this book has no intention of doing it. But for the reference, the author explores all the basic commands of Linux and gives a brief intro about them. The book explains a in a lot simple way of why and how of Linux file systems. I have always had some confusion about them. But this book clearly explained them for me. Along the path of explaining of basics of Linux, we venture into Linux boot loaders -- LILO & GRUB. The book also has some excellent writeup on Networking in Linux. I couldn't verify the ppp part of it, but the parts on Ethernet, iptables & NAT are dealt well. What more, you also get a stern warning about how to manage your wireless network security.
Part 2: The second part starts with a priemer on Shell scripting. I would suggest any other Oreilly's book on Shell scripting for this. But again, looking at the target audience of the book -- not everything in shell scripting can be taught in such a small book.Read more ›
It's a basic guide to general Linux. It's new, fun and the author does a nice job of covering the basics. He doesn't dwell on any one distro, but covers all sorts of commands, issues, and questions that a lot of people who are switching to linux might have. He goes over basics of Networking, Printing, and touches upon more advanced options in linux. I was especially pleased with the referencing he did, if you want to know more about a subject he recommends a book to check out! Very nice.
I sat down on a Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday night I had read my way through it. Even as an experienced Linux user I was interested and picked up a few tidbits from this book that I didn't know about. Although it's aimed at the new user, it was fun and interesting for me to read.
I'd definately recommend this book to people wanting to get into the Linux world.
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If you are interested in learning about Linux, and even the basics of Operating Systems but can't quite yet jump into books dealing with operating systems in the abstract, there is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Hunt
Didn't realize when I bought it that this is the first edition. It's way out of date by now.Published 9 months ago by Spencer Nelson
Another great title published by No Starch Press. If you are a Linux power user, Brian definitely knows how to properly feed your desire to know more about what’s happening under... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jascha Casadio
I'm just getting into this book, but I can say it has already earned its keep on my reference shelf.Published 13 months ago by Robert Getsla
This is a good read for those who already know or have been using Linux / GNU for a while, as a refresher, but it frequently lacks the detail, depth and specificity for a fuller... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Prince Dakkar
This is a great book for someone just learning for beginners and a refresher for those more experienced with LINUX. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Jes
How Linux works is a good run down of the linux file systems and some key commands. I liked it.Published on January 30, 2013 by rsgubler
"How Linux Works" is a book that will appeal to users who want to have a greater and more in depth understanding of Linux. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Michael Kim
Simply the best general book on linux. The writer should be commended. My only wish is that there is a newer edition that eschews older topics such ppoe for something more... Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Jim Hamm