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Linux for Beginners and Command Line Kung Fu
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
I have been a sysadmin for many years and I found both books to be very clearly and consisely written. Definately worth the price!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2014
Jason Cannon's book shows that, indeed, it is possible to have you create a book as good, and sometimes better, than those that have editors and publishers galore, for example Schott's "The Linux Command Line", and Blum's "Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting". While I recommend all three books if you need to be die-hard Linux wizard, what especially recommends Cannon's book is that he takes the time to explain what other books simply find too easy to explain (for example, umask and chmod). In addition, Cannon revels in pearls and shortcuts, and giving away his polished command line sequences that are both remarkably intuitive once you know them, and totally elusive until somebody tells you. In addition, Cannon takes the time to explain SSH and connecting --yes, perhaps a bit too dense if starting to learn Unix, and a bit unnecessary for the expert, but still certainly very, very practical. It is not uncommon to find the Linux newbie ready to go, with basic commands under his belt learned and memorized, just to be stumped at time of logging. Cannon's SSH initial chapters are a fresh blast of air, and gives folks confidence with Linux, as opposed to becoming totally stumped at first.

That is, of course, not to say that at times the book feels slightly rushed. Command Line Kung Fu, for example, worth the price on its own, would be made into a serious reference with an expansion on other frequent command options, and examples. Overall, this book offers the newbie something rarely offered: the ability to learn Linux, and begin using pearls and exotic but useful command sequences that are usually reserved for those 'in the know' with many years of experience. Get a few of these command sequences under your belt, and you will impress even the most die-hard Linux guru.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2015
Great book if your learning Linux, started learning Ubuntu server and I had no issues. Use a VM with this book.
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on February 10, 2015
Really nice introduction to Linux together with how to access a Linux system for practise purposes by means of virtual machines, connecting to another Linux PC from Mac/Windows/Linux etc. The topics are clearly illustrated with screen shots and there is also a dedicated website for the book. If you are interested in Linux this is a good place to start and there are references at the end of chapters. Furthermore, the topics included apply to all Linux flavors such as Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, Red Hat Linux and so on.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
Linux for Beginners explains the basics for users coming from other operating systems. It pretty much leads you by the hand on getting started, even telling you ways to get access to a Linux system to work with as you go through the rest of the book. It's definitely intended for hands-on learning that you'll be able to use and remember.

The more advanced Command Line Kung Fu has interesting commands that will provide tips and tricks for beginners to even very experienced Unix and Linux users. So, whether you've just finished the beginner book, you're experienced but a bit rusty on shell programming, or already have good command line "kung fu", this is a good read for you!
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on July 2, 2015
This is the fourth "Intro to Linux" book I have read in the past two weeks; but the first one that was worth reading. Very clear descriptions with many excellent examples.
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on April 27, 2015
It was a book and it was in good condition when I got it.
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on April 5, 2015
Great book for beginners
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on December 12, 2014
Exactly as expected
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2015
I ordered this kindle book when I first started using my Linux computer and needed to get a grep (pun intended) on how to use the command line.
It's written with so many run on sentences, and in a way that's not very direct/clear.
Examples that don't seem to illustrate the idea clearly. Most especially the diagrams. They need more finesse. It's an unfortunate case of self publishing likely, and please hire an editor. I re-read this book after reading another command line book and taking a unix course, to better understand the finer points. While the points are important, they're not written as a BEGINNERS book as you'd indicated in the title.
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