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Linux Pocket Guide 1st Edition
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Normally I'd list a chapter breakout, but there's just too many "chapters" here to do so. Suffice it to say that if it's a shell command in Linux, it's in here somewhere. The great thing is that you get the command and a list of the useful options, along with the syntax in less than half a page (and the book is small!). So instead of hauling down the large volume and scrolling through multiple pages, you can get right to the command you need with the options you're probably looking for.
For a beginner like me, it will help to make me more comfortable with many of the basics of command line work. For experts, it will be the quick reference for that particular option that you can't remember the capitalization rules for...
Short, concise, easy to understand, and packed with meat... What more could you want in a reference manual? This is a keeper.
The book discusses in a little detail about Fedora, Red Hat's "free Linux OS." It also goes into some descriptions about running a shell, logins and logouts, filesystems, and home and system directories. Again this book covers the basics and it assumes the readers already have a decent knowledge of Linux. Since Linux does so many things and it's next to impossible to remember every single command, a book like this is handy to have on your desk when you can't remember a specific command.
The book has a great structure, covering the basics and then going into commands. The commands are organized in functional groups. So if you want to do some user administration, just thumb to that section and all the relevant comands are at your fingertips.
There's enough detail about each command that you can actually use it. The author also often tells you how the command is "usually used," which is helpful. There's even some basics sprinkled in about programming and shell syntax. It's awesome that they actually put useful stuff in a pocket guide!
Whether you're an advanced administrator or a beginner, this book is worth the investment. It has enough info to be a quick reference, but it's clearly written enough to be a primer for beginners. ENJOY!!!
O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide could easily be considered a (very) streamlined version of Linux in a Nutshell. It offers a concise command-reference for some of the most common commands you might use in Linux. The commands covered aren't limited to what you would run from a command-line, though. You'll also find (very concise) information about the gimp, mozilla, and xload, and others as well.
Who would want to buy this book? Well, when I was starting out in Linux, I would have loved a book like this. For me as a 'starving' college student, a 'regular' O'Reilly book was usually out of the reach of my budget, so I loved the pocket references beacuse you could get some great information for under $10. For the budget minded, the book packs a lot of information for not a lot of money. Also, for a pocket reference, it's pretty thick at just over 180 pages. As evidence of its usefulness for beginners, I recently loaned my copy of the Pocket Guide to someone I know who is just starting a new job working with Linux. He was looking for something to help him climb the learning curve, and upon returning the Pocket Guide informed me that he was on his way to buy his own copy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would rather that this be an indexed computer document - decent book but rather tedious. But then, who can expect more?Published 7 months ago by RonKZ
If you are partially experienced with the Linux command line interface, this book is great to have, and essential if you are off the internet. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Timothy D. Legg
It is basically the man pages printed in a book. Not much more than that from what I can tell.Published on November 29, 2013 by BBowman
I do recommend this book because:
- provide a very good explanation on the basic Linux concepts;
- provide a very good summary of all the basic linux commands. Read more
I have this near a computer that has Linux on it. I reference this from time to time. I suggest that you have it on a bookshelf too.Published on July 15, 2013 by C Wesbrooks
well if u want a book for read in non computers moment and want start with linux os like fedora or similars distros this is a good way to startPublished on February 11, 2013 by Manuel Rodriguez Coria