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The Linux Cookbook, Second Edition [Paperback]

Michael Stutz
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August 11, 2004 1593270313 978-1593270315 Second Edition

The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition is your guide to getting the most out of Linux. Organized by general task (such as working with text, managing files, and manipulating graphics), each section contains a series of step-by-step recipes that help you to get your work done quickly and efficiently, most often from the command line. Nearly 50 percent larger than the first edition, this new edition includes hundreds of new recipes as well as new sections on package management; file conversion; multimedia; working with sound files (including OGG and MP3); Vi text editing; advanced text manipulation; and more. Perfect as an introduction to Linux, or as a desktop reference for the seasoned user. Covers the major Linux distributions.

"...the next best thing to having your own personal guru." -- (praise for the first edition)

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"Definitely to be kept close at hand if you're not a Linux wizard" -- Network World, November 29, 2004

"Unless you're expert at everything, you'll find helpful material. There are pointers to esoteric utilities you've probably never heard of." --, October 2004

"Well worth getting." -- ;login: December 2004

A fact-filled book that's well composed and easy to reference... You should have a copy close at hand. -- Lockergnome, July 4, 2005

Michael Stutz's acclaimed Linux Cookbook now appears in its updated second edition, packing in tips and techniques for everyday applications. -- Midwest Book Review, December, 2004

Stutz' Linux Cookbook ... doubled in size from 402 to over 800 pages. -- ;login:, December 2004

This book contains an amazing amount of hard to find information on specific Linux commands. -- Security Forums Dot Com, October 31, 2004

From the Author

I wrote this book because I want everyone to know how to use free (or "open source") software, because I think everyone deserves the freedom that comes with it. Linux is becoming ever more powerful and popular, and the free software movement is gaining ground -- everyone should know what it is all about, and how they can use it in their lives.

Linux isn't hard to use, but if you're used to a completely different way of doing things, you might need someone to show you what to do. When you want to use your computer to do some task, you can break down the task into a "recipe" -- and that's what I've done to make it easy to use Linux. And anyone can follow a recipe.

This book aims to give all of the easiest and most effective "recipes" for people who want to use a Linux-based computer system to get things done.

Proprietary software denies you the freedoms that should be your right. You deserve better than that; you deserve the freedom of free software. Learn how to get it with THE LINUX COOKBOOK.

~Michael Stutz, August 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 829 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; Second Edition edition (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593270313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MICHAEL STUTZ coined the phrase "net generation" while working as a reporter for Wired News--and in the early 1990s kicked off the Wikipedia era by being the first to take open source beyond software. He lives in Space Age Central, the former home of the NASA rocket scientist who planned the Apollo Project.

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Linux book you can actually use to do stuff. August 13, 2001
Linux may be cool, but the documentation is horrible. There are tons of inconsistent HOWTO files, out of date FAQs, and a bunch of programmers that don't really see the problem. Whenever you want to do anything with Linux, you usually have to read every piece of documentation out there, and basically reverse-engineer a solution.
Most commercial Linux books for beginners (or at least for people who don't dig through C++ on a daily basis) are not well laid out. I should know - I wrote several chapters in one a few years back. They are usually organized by major system - a chapter on installation, one for video, one for sound, one for networking, and so on. But what if you want to write a book? Or record an album? Unless you can dig around on the web to find someone else doing the same thing, you are out of luck.
I'm glad that a book like this is out there. First, it is much more theoretical and philisophical than most approaches. That means it doesn't matter if you have RedHat 7.0 or 7.1 or whatever. It's just like if you are using a cookbook to make food - it doesn't matter if you use fresh-squeezed orange juice or Minute Maid orange juice, other than the difference in taste and texture - the basic lessons still apply.
I haven't seen other No Starch books, so I don't know if the look and feel is specific or part of the series, but it works. It's not a glossy, corporate taste - it's easy to flip through and fun to use. After reading a few pages to solve a problem, you're suddenly reading for hours and realizing that there are a lot of other things you could be doing with Linux - and that's the point. People don't need to be programmers to use a computer, and people can use their computer for more than email, web browsing and minesweeper.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real GNU/Linux open source! Great book! August 20, 2001
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Michael Stutz practices what he preaches. He wrote and typeset the entire book using open source GNU/Linux tools exclusively. This book is a must for users at all levels. Instead of imitating M$ Michael Stutz shows and tells how to do nearly everything using "pure" GNU/Linux tools and applications. He has organised the book very well and struck a balance between terseness and verbosity. He has correctly chosen to order the material according to the jobs to do. He deals with real everyday tasks and configuration issues without trying to isolate the user from the system. He treats the user as an educated, intelligent human being with learning skills and willingness to do some real work. Michael Stutz has added real value instead of just copying HOWTOs. His book is a MUST for every GNU/Linux user. It is for the end user and is NOT a system administrator's handbook. Thanks, Michael, for the great job! May your book be translated into some other major languages.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Extreme View January 24, 2002
This book offers an extremist view of Linux.
It shows you how to do your everyday computer
work using ONLY open source software - many
Linux books take a much less "pure" view of
the system. But that's not all. It can also
claim what others can't. The dirty little
secret of Linux books is most authors use M$
to write and publish them! But Stutz is a
GNU/Linux fanatic, and he wrote and produced
the whole thing with ONLY Open Source software!
This in effect means that the book itself is
an example of the kind of things you can do
with Linux. And if that wasn't enough this book
is also Open Source! If he is right that the
Open Source movement is about to transform book
publishing like it transformed software, then
this book is a glimpse at the future.
And by the way, Linux Cookbook is packed with
lots great tips! It is a thorough guide for
learning how to use any Linux system, regardless
of your distro or hardware. It is refreshing to
see such an extreme view brought to the everyday
user. Dare I suggest that it may one day be
regarded as a "classic for the masses".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook approach to working with Linux October 31, 2004
Let me start with what this book is and is not. There is nothing on how to install, troubleshoot, or administer Linux and it is not supposed to have that information. This is a cookbook and is designed to be a resource when you have a specific goal in mind and want to know how to get there. The first several chapters focus on the very basic Linux information that everyone working in the operating system should know. This includes such common items as how to determine what processes are running and how to determine who you are logged in as. Of course anyone with even a minimum of Linux experience knows this stuff. For the more experienced Linux users the later chapters deal are a real treasure. It includes things like viewing and editing images, PostScript, working with sound, and cross-platform conversions. The recipe style layout really works well. Like a list of ingredients the author lists the program to be run, package manager name for the installation package, and the home page where the package can be found. This is one of the really nice features of the book. If you are looking for how to accomplish a specific task you can look it up, see if there is a program to accomplish it, locate and install the program if necessary, and follow through the specific directions to achieve your desired result. The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition is very highly recommended for the new Linux user, and recommended as a desk reference to keep available for the more experienced user who may just need to know how to convert that mp3 file to another format and burn the result to a CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars exactly what was advertised
It was lightly used condition just like was stated by the seller. I finally made the switch from Windows to Ubuntu Linux and I am loving it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by David Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good review of linux
This just about has everything I need to know about Linux. I am a novice to LINUX, and this book really gives you a great overview to how to get yourself around in linux OS.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
I can't rate this book because I have not had a chance to use it. It may well be a great reference.
Published 7 months ago by JoeHollinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Same Titles, Different Authors/Publishers
Caveat emptor: Mr. Stutz' The Linux Cookbook, Second Edition, ISBN 1-59327-031-3, is well-written and quite useful. Read more
Published 15 months ago by RayK
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must for beginners and advanced Linux users and sysadmins
This is a book that every linux user or sysadmin must have on their shelf.Th book covers everything you need in plain english and I liked most the different methods the author... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brahim Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you already have your foot in the door
This book does an excellent job of walking you through processes that you may be familiar with on other operating systems but not on Linux. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive book
This a very comprehensive book, that is very detailed. Although, I would appreciate that the author would give a wider sampling of different distributions. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by Eric V. Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars The Linux Cookbook is not for "newbies", rather for people familiar...
The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition, by Michael Stutz, is a very detailed and scholarly book aimed at people who already know a fair bit about Linux, and are quite comfortable with... Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Thomas Cremer
3.0 out of 5 stars wife commander
This would be an okay book for my wife if she got interested in the linux command line.

It does not tell you much about setting up your system - but my wife can just get... Read more
Published on November 1, 2007 by David Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good but very basic
It's a book for beginners that concentrates on the console commands and programs. It was mostly review for me, and I'm just a novice in Linux. Read more
Published on December 27, 2006 by Rockinghorse Winner
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