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Practical Linux Paperback – January 15, 2000

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About the Author

M. Drew Streib is a senior programmer specializing in Web applications for VA Linux Systems (http://www.valinux.com), the system administrator for Linux International (http://li.org), and a senior programmer for SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net). He also contributes to many open-source projects in his free time. Drew programs in several languages but now spends most of his time in PHP, C, and Perl. Bill Ball is a technical writer, editor, and magazine journalist and has been working with computers for the past 20 years. He has published Linux PPP network connection guides for ISPs, as well as more than a dozen articles in magazines such as Computer Shopper and MacTech Magazine. Bill is the author of several Linux-related books, including Red Hat Linux Unleashed, How to Use Linux, and the best-selling Sams Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours, 2nd Ed.
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Product Details

  • Series: Practical series
  • Paperback: 685 pages
  • Publisher: Que (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789722518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789722515
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,092,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jacob S. Nikom on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the rare guides which is organize not by what the author knows but what are the typical problems you (the reader) have to solve. I would call it "How to.." book. Almost every time when I need to mount the disk, add the device I found exact instructions how to do it and it worked.
I am not very experienced Linux user (< 2 years) and I found this book just right for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2003
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This book has repeatedly saved me when I needed information that the man pages are too arcane to provide. I used the book for practical suggestions on how to use the grep utility to search for multiple terms. And, it was the only UNIX book I could find that gave practical and meaningful suggestions about how to configure the modem via the command line.
Get this book, it will save you a lot of time!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on June 24, 2003
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685 pages divided by 31 chapters and 6 big parts. The big parts are: Linux basics (entering commands, using text editors, etc, everything on the command line), Configuring your system (from the command line), The X window system (with an overview of multimedia tools), Connecting to the ISP (and using email, FTP, browsers, telnet and IRC), system administration (basic programming and shell programming, boot managers, users, network connections, daemons, FS, kernel,...) and appendices.
This book pretends to teach how to do things not why you need to do this or that. So this is a practical book and, because linux is evolving fast, it is outdated.
Another problem of the book is that there are many authors, each responsable for a chapter or so, and there is no good coordination between them. This brings some repeated things and a feeling of no constant evolution in complexity or evolution on the presentation himself.
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