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SUSE Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2007
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Hey folks... I've been an RHCE since 2000, training RHCEs since 2003, and "doing Linux" since 1996.

What I like:
The three big things that I like about Linux Toolbox are:
1) It concisely shows you how to use the Linux command line to solve many of the most common personal and administrative tasks.
2) It uses the proven "learn by doing" method to show the reader how to just "get stuff done" from the Linux command line.
3) What really sets this book apart from other "next level" type books is its well thought layout and how they organized the content in a quickly accessible way. Negus & Caen split the content out by Shell stuff, Working w/Files, Text Manipulation, Multimedia, Administration, Backups, Networking, etc.. . Well thought out and quickly useful as an on-hand reference.

So who should buy this book?
I see it being a "best fit" for two groups of people:
1) Technical users and admins who want to become more competent on the command line and be able to do ten times more work thought automation (scripting).
2) Windows power users who want to become more savvy on the Linux side (Linux power user wannabes). Especially those who need to get Linux CLI/shell proficient quickly (such as Windows sys-admins who have had Linux forced on them)

Old Timers Too:
The cool thing is that even if you've been using Linux for years (as I have), there are still useful "Oooo.. cool!" moments peppered throughout the book. Do you know how to properly (and quickly) get the most out of classic power tools like find, sed, awk, case, and tr? Are you armed with experience in all the newer über tools such as screen, dmidecode, growisofs? Do you know how to do software RAID from the command line (mdadm) or know how to build & control LVM via its command line tools? If you answered "no" to any of these.. you should check check out Linux Toolbox.

Negus and Caen have a winner here. Good job guys.

Tweeks
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2008
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I have bought " SUSE Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise ", together with " OpenSUSE 11.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Bible ", both complemented each other,the first one is a concise and rapid consulting guide of commands that are so useful when your are customized to work with console enviroment, the second one give a complete guide of configuration of network services to be implemented using SUSE. Both can be reference books to teach Linux
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2011
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It is normal reference book, nothing spectacular. I tried it on few occasions and each time I found that man pages by comparison are more complete and upto date. I installed OpenSUSE for a first time and the books included with OpenSUSE 11.3 Linux, 4-disks DVD Installation and Reference Set combined with man pages make great reference.
To be fair, I found that all books(and I tried few) loose in comparison to updated Linux documentation included with the system. Linux documentation offers documentations on many levels, for beginners, for more advanced used and for administrators. This book makes good reference for various commands but the documentation that comes with the system is easier to search and up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2012
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I already knew this book because an old friend had one. Since the day he showed me that, i thought i needed one copy too and now i have it and it has been real useful to help me to improve my skill on opensuse. I really recommend it. It's easy to undestand and even if it makes refenrence to an old version of opensuse, it's commands can still be used on new versions of opensuse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
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This toolbox is now my daily companion when I have to deal with Linux problems, because all my Suse Linux challenges so far could be solved by looking at the examples in the Toolbox.
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on May 7, 2013
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I like it because this book has been helpful to me in learning to perform Linux commands.
I recommend this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
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It's great tools commands for people to learn how to use and help you solve the program problems.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2008
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This book did not meet my expectations. The format used is a format that I would not have used if I were to present a book with "1000+" commands for openSUSE. I was expecting a format similar to the ones used in the "xxxfor Dummies" books; a complete list of commands with their descriptions, and a couple of examples of usage.
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