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"...I am indebted to Mark for helping me to learn UNIX and now for helping to make Linux accessible to more people...I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning and using Linux."
Father of Linux
"Finally, a Linux 'tome' I will recommend to friends. Mark knows Linux well, and presents it clearly. In a book primarily and successfully aimed at new users, he has succeeded in teaching me more about my favorite environment -- and I'm paid to be an expert."
Michael K. Johnson
Software Developer, Red Hat Software
(Former Editor, Linux Journal)
This new book by best-selling UNIX author Mark Sobell combines the strengths of a tutorial and those of a reference to give you the knowledge and skills to master Linux. Uniquely designed for both beginners and experienced users, A Practical Guide to Linux requires no prior programming experience. It begins with an extensive tutorial to bring those with less experience up to speed, and then quickly progresses to detailed chapters on GUIs, networking, the vi and emacs editors, three popular shells, programming tools, and system administration. Part two is a comprehensive reference containing descriptions and examples of 87 utilities. The book includes several complete example sessions on downloading and installing Linux-based utilities and other software from the Internet.
A Practical Guide to Linux contains:
The text is compatible with all Linux distributions, and a companion Web site is maintained by the author to provide assistance in locating on-line Linux documentation, software, news groups, and more (http://www.sobell.com).
I have been looking for a beginner's book for Linux for a long time. This is the third book on Linux I have purchased. I wish I had bought this one first. Read morePublished on November 11, 2002 by Adrienne D. Miles
Perhaps it's Mark Sobell's writing style or perhaps it's the nature of Linux. I've found so much knowledge here--written so clearly, concisely, and in such an organized... Read morePublished on May 1, 2002
Great work from Mark Sobell... this man is really good! . I'm constantly returning to this book as a reference. Read morePublished on April 3, 2002 by Fabio B.S.R. Muller
The author says right off the bat that this isn't a book that will help you install Linux. He refers you elsewhere. Read morePublished on March 31, 2002 by Aaron B Kulbe
This is the best Linux tutorial/sys admin book around. Period.
My only wish is it were revised yearly to keep up with new features and commands. (it was published in 1997). Read more
This is the best linux book that i have picked up to date..In the book the author goes through the whole system, showing the reader how to compile the kernal, create a firewall,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2001 by Curtis
WOW! Its not often that you get to read a book that flows along with the learning curve, that is why I have made this book part of my learning curriculum, my students are learning... Read morePublished on February 9, 2000 by "the_hal_9000"
I have found this to be one of the best books I own on Linux. It has many examples, clear descriptions, and very useful information. Read morePublished on January 26, 2000 by David L. Van Popering
Although "A Practical Guide to Linux" is comprehensive,it isn't focused or organized.I can't use it as a reference for that reason-it's too much of a bother to gather all... Read morePublished on July 28, 1999 by email@example.com