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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
I find the reports from the earlier posters to be based on the test that existed before April 1, 2009. The current version of this book is said to be based on this newer test.

I found the book to be severely substandard in preparing for this new test. As the previous poster said, the sample questions are not even in the same league with the questions on the test.

I rate this book as a complete waste of money if you are planning on taking the LPIC-1 tests.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
I bought the 2nd edition and found it was perfect preparation for the test. The test is hard, so the book is as-well.
My method was to read a chapter, take notes, take the flash cards, next chapter. I then went through the flash cards and CD tests, once I was getting 90%-100% on the CD test, I was ready for the exam. Enough to pass exam just by knowing the flash cards and CD tests.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2009
This is a fantastic book to prepare before taking LPIC-1. Clear, consistent language with good examples covers all objectives. Really fast and good reference to the subject. I honestly can recommend this book to everybody who thinks about taking LPIC-1.
Good job Mr. Roderick W. Smith ;)
Thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
My number one complaint is that the practice exam was nothing like the actual exam. The real exam was mostly fill in the blank which is pretty different than multiple choice. I would have paid more attention to the spelling of some commands if I had known. Of course there was no tab completion on the test ;)

The book is also a bit disorganized and covers topics in the same chapter that are not particularly related making it harder to organize my notes. There are also some points in the text where the author says that something is not relevant and won't be covered in the book but then it is mentioned over and over. The example that comes to mind is the older versions of Xorg which are compared to new versions repeatedly despite having mentioned at the beginning of the chapter that the test won't ask about them.

Other than that the book was helpful as a starting point for studying, and I passed the test.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
Test was much harder than the review questions in the book. Having a background in C programming helps a bunch
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
+ Chapters too long & varied - Package managers, library files, and top all in the same chapter! Topics run together.
+ Not enough example command usage or important details - Some utilities have two pages dedicated to listing out every single flag they accept, even the less common ones. This is what man pages are for. Yet, important things such as what exactly the three load-average values represent, are omitted!
+ Left to Google for more - As with the last example, vague descriptions of some things are given and you'll be left to set the book down and Google for the answer yourself. You'll be sure to remember it after that, but these are the kinds of things that should be included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2014
Like any other textbook, the material is fluffed up with excessive amout of explanation than you will need. Then again, that's coming from someone who's been using linux as the main OS for over a decade. Probably having more information is usually better than having not enough information. Besides, the book isn't terribly thick either.

First five chapters cover the 101 portion of the exam. So you can concentrate on those materials for your first exam, then the rest of the book for your 102.

At first I thought, "alright, this book seems good." Then I found the additional study tools in Appendix B (page 554). This extra stuff has helped me study so much more efficiently. It's a package of study tools that you can download from the link listed on the book, and the practice exams in it is an awesome tool. Well, it helped me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2012
Illogical setup, as it's not built up in the same way as the objectives are listed, which makes it difficult to navigate. Certain certification objectives are just paragraphs with other ones. Cumbersome to read at times.

Overall average quality. Would not re-purchase it, and would not recommend purchasing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
The test has a ton of very specific questions, like there is no way to guess based on a general knowledge of linux and similar topics, read what is the command line modifier letter for this command you've never heard of. The book did not cover at least a few of the questions at all. I passed the test but barely. I'd recommend using multiple sources for your studies. This is probably more of an issue of open source and the LIPC's disorganization so, I don't really blame the author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2010
I thought this book would be a quick read, LOL my mistake! I'm happy about it though, it covers TONS of stuff. I've only been using a Linux OS for a few months, my primary use is on web servers (SSH). So I figured I better start getting smart and study this over the course of a year, possibly a bit more, and perhaps I'll be able to pass an exam eventually :P Lot of stuff, Lot of stuff, good purchase.

My only complaint is that the page paper pages feel cheap, kind of absorable and easy to tear, almost newspaper-ish, and a dull grayish color. So highlighting things will be scary, it might go through a few pages, I hope not!
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