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Linux Essentials 1st Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

Learn Linux Quickly and Easily

This full-color guide thoroughly covers Linux fundamentals. You'll begin with basic principles and the Linux way of doing things, then move on to common user programs such as the command line and text editors. With these skills in hand, you can tackle system administration tasks, such as user management and network configuration. Whether you're prepping for the LPI Linux Essentials certification or just brushing up on the basics for your professional work, this is the fast and thorough grounding you need.

Learn these Linux essentials—and more:

  • Discovering where Linux fits into the OS world

  • Managing hardware in Linux

  • Using Bash, the Linux command line

  • Using file management tools and commands

  • Installing and controlling programs

  • Finding and archiving data on your computer

  • Editing text files with common Linux editors

  • Automating tasks with the help of scripts

  • Managing accounts and groups

  • Setting file ownership and permissions

Manage your computer's users and groups

Configure your network connections

This striking Essentials book maximizes skill acquisition and knowledge retention with:

  • Chapter-opening learning topics

  • Step-by-step tutorials

  • Four-color screenshots and illustrations

  • Essentials and Beyond—summaries and additional suggested exercises

  • Chapter review questions

About the Author

Roderick W. Smith, Linux+, LPIC-1, LPIC-2, is a recognized Linux open source programmer and networking expert. He is the author of over a dozen books on open source technologies. His books include CompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide; LPIC-1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition; LPIC-2: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, and Linux Administrator Street Smarts, all from Sybex.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118106792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118106792
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There will always be a small set of people who insist you can only learn by doing it yourself. Others will say guide books are a waste because "everything is on the Internet." This review is for everyone else: those who haven't made up their mind in advance.
This is an excellent tutorial. My barely computer-literate parent could follow it (and did). It is written in plain English and reads easier than some novels. It doesn't ramble on. It doesn't cut corners. This is baby bear's book - just right. It will work for any Linux distribution. Also, this book won't be outdated in a year like more software books, because it specifically avoids how to run software and focuses on how to use any OS built on Linux architecture. That means while programs may change or get new versions, and while you may update to a new or different distro, the information in the book will still apply.
Finally, a suggestion: if you've been thinking about trying Linux but aren't ready to install a whole new operating system on your computer, go buy a single issue of Linux pro mag, Linux format mag, or another Linux specific mag. They come with DVDs that can run linux on your computer without affecting your installed OS. It's a nice way to try it out for those of us who dip our toes in the water rather than cannonball in without testing it out.
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The first several chapters give to the history of UNIX, after that you begin to get into the Linux Essentials as the title suggests. I bought the book as a required text for a class, but find it very useful.

If you are new to UNIX/Linux this will give you great details, it is easy to read and easy to follow the examples. After reading the book I am comfortable working with Linux now both using the GUI and the command line.
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Okay, in the long-ago days of yesteryear I did a lot of programming but my only recent experience has been Pi and Arduino so I essentially skipped the whole Linux era. Yes I Googled and hacked around when I needed to but never came close to feeling comfortable that I understood what I was doing, so I bought this book and committed myself that I would move from Beginner Noob to Junior Noob and I'm happy I did.

What I love about this book is the fact the title says it all - this covers the essentials and at the right pace and depth. For instance it doesn't cover every command line program you will use, but he covers the 20% that you will use 80% of the time and shows you how to find information on the others. The command line is everything so understanding the programs, editors, and scripting is key and this book will leave you feeling like a pro. His examples are carefully crafted to help you understand what the possibilities are by using various options and in combination with other commands. I thought Bash scripts were created by Gods before I was able to whip up some of my own after reading Chapter 12.

Overall if you have a similar background...some familiarity with any O/S command line, some programming experience, and/or have a little hacking around on Linux under your belt this book will get you to the next level.
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I did use this and UrbanPenguin materials to pass my test. This book was detailed enough that I may have felt comfortable enough to use this alone, however the author words material in such a way that i wondered if it was just added as filler or he was over preparing me. Nonetheless, I did pass the test on the first try. All objectives were covered.
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I'm an Oracle DBA. I read this book because I'm considering picking up a few Linux certifications in between my Oracle studies (I need to switch it up from time to time), and I figured I'd might as well start with the basics. I've been using Linux on and off since I started in IT about 10 years ago, so the vast majority of the book was a review for me. But, it was a very enjoyable review, and I picked up a few tricks here and there. Mr. Smith is a very good writer and he was able to pack quite a lot of information in a very small package (the book is just over 300 pages). If you've never touched Linux or you just need to brush up on the basics, you won't go wrong with this book. If I pursue the LPIC certifications I'll be sure to use his books.
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I rented the book from school, but bought the Kindle version for portability. I found it to be a helpful and fairly easy to follow text. I'd recommend it for people new to Linux or those who need a refresher course. It is a valuable reference tool.
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The author breaks down the complicated subject of Linux so it can be understood in pieces. This is, I believe to be a good approach for Linux.
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Read book and passed exam. Having been using Linux for a number of years, only took me about a week to read through the book. Content is well organized with helpful notes and written to where anyone should be able to understand.
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