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Working at the Ubuntu Command-Line Prompt (Linux Nitty Gritty) [Kindle Edition]

Keir Thomas
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Book Description

Keir Thomas is the world's most popular author writing about Ubuntu. His books have been read by over 1,000,000 people and are #1 best-sellers. His book Beginning Ubuntu Linux recently entered its sixth edition, and picked-up a Linux Journal award along the way. Thomas is also the author of Ubuntu Kung Fu.

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Get to grips with the Ubuntu command-line with this #1 best-selling and concise guide.

"Best buck I've spent yet" — Amazon review.

* Readable, accessible and easy to understand;

* Learn essential Ubuntu vocational skills, or read just for fun;

* Covers Ubuntu commands, syntax, the filesystem, plus advanced techniques;

* For ANY version of Linux based on Debian, such as Linux Mint--not just Ubuntu!;

* Includes BONUS introduction to Ubuntu chapter, plus a glossary appendix and a guide to reading Linux/Unix documentation.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buck I've spent yet May 14, 2011
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Downloaded this book to my Kindle just over an hour ago and have finally gotten comfortable with the command line. If you're as new to using "The Terminal" as I am THIS IS THE BOOK YOU WANT. I've purchase several very good (and much more expensive) books about Linux/Unix/Ubuntu but without question "Working at the Ubuntu Command-Line Prompt" really is the Nitty Gritty I needed.
Excellent & easily understood explanations helps one to really nail the concepts.
Mr. Keir's approach is spot on from my point of view. Looking forward to reading the "Managing Software" publication again for a buck!!!
5 of 5 stars with a bullet !
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basics Only June 22, 2011
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Useful to anyone completely new to using Ubuntu/Linux, but not for learning the "Nitty Gritty" I was hoping for. With the first fifth of the book dedicated to introductory material rather than command line usage, and the last quarter a glossary, very little remains of this short book to actually cover using the command line. Not useful for anything beyond the absolute basics.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but one thing I don't like June 28, 2011
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I like the book. I would recommend it for 99 cents. But I don't like how it doesn't have a table of contents. I want one so I have a clue where to look for certain information. I went through the whole book writing down the titles of the sections and created my own table of contents on a text document. So hopefully that will help. I would recommend to the author to create one. Other than that I think it has a lot of information for the money. I hope his other ebooks have one. I might buy them anyway since I know he knows what he is talking about. I will take a star off in this case. Okay now I am back to reading his book. I need to learn this stuff. I am new to Linux. I want to install a tarball aka .tar.bz2 but so far I haven't found that information in his book. But I am hopeful. ;)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought by accident December 23, 2011
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I did not pay attention, I saw the free for "Prime" members so I clicked on buying it rather than read the details stating Prime members could "borrow" it. I think some of the various web pages listing the various commands for the linux command line more concise and easier to use. Rather than spend so much time with the superficial information on "the community", history, philosophy, African values etc. they should have gotten into the commands and show more examples of using the commands and as another reviewer pointed out there is no easy way to find a particular command. The book would be more useful had they listed all the commands with page numbers, chapter, links etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected August 14, 2013
By teseo
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The book only contains basic Linux commands and concept like any Linux book. I was expecting to see something more ubuntu-specific like some applications or tricks that are cool and only exist for ubuntu distribution. But the book only covered basic knowledge of the terminal like "ls, rm, cd, etc". I suppose that is good from someone that doesn't know anything about Linux but in my case I was expecting to learn some differences that ubuntu distribution offered
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for starting down the command line road. December 22, 2014
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This book covers the very basic command line for Ubuntu and other Debian based distro.'s. After working with Linux for a number of years (a lot at the command line) I noted a few items (tips & tricks) I was not aware of. I recommend this book for those starting out and who need to grow their skills at the terminal command line. I myself prefer the command line over a GUI... I guess I'm just and old DOS guy who like to type my commands in directly so I can get exactly what I want done the first time. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new to Ubuntu February 5, 2014
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Read this quick on my iPad as I followed along on my laptop. Gave me a much better understanding on how to use Ubuntu. Recommended read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners December 12, 2013
By CSabo
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As a beginner with Linux this book really helped get me get off to a great start with the command line. More experienced users may find the material redundant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... it loaded on my computer I might have a better feel for Ubuntu
If I could ever get it loaded on my computer I might have a better feel for Ubuntu, but it was a good read.
Published 2 months ago by Erick
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Published 3 months ago by Didio Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, may be a bit technical for some people new to linux.
Very helpful in administering and installing packages using the terminal application inside Linux, more specifically Ubuntu. Admittedly this can be dry to just sit down a read. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book For Beginners
It's good, and certainly aimed at a beginner to Linux. The language is understandable and clear, even to one who has never worked in the Linux Bash environment. Read more
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Published 7 months ago by R. J. Widerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Worth it if you really want to dig deep.
Published 7 months ago by Jason E. Dorfler
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand.
This book gives you the basics for Ubuntu, but most commands are universal (does the same in other distros) most all shell commands are. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iam just a dumb new Ubunto user who still has a lot to ...
Iam just a dumb new Ubunto user who still has a lot to learn and who also just h-a-t-e-s typing out command line arguments. Read more
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More About the Author

Keir Thomas is a 100% unofficial Mac and Linux "genius" who writes the kind of books ordinary users value and need. His most recent title is Mac Kung Fu, a collection of over 300 tips, tricks, hints and hacks for the all-new Apple Mac OS X Lion operating system.

The author of more than 10 best-selling computer books, his work has been read by well over 1,000,000 people and translated into many different languages. In addition to Macs, Thomas has also written extensively about Ubuntu Linux, with one of his books winning a Linux Journal award, and he has recently created several $0.99 Kindle ebooks that consistently top the Amazon charts.

In addition to writing computer books, Thomas runs a small poetry publishing press called Puppywolf. He lives in Britain with two cats and counts walking amongst his hobbies.

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Reader reviews of MAC KUNG FU:

"Simply amazing. This is a fantastic book. I've been using Macs since the System 6 days, and I learned several new things reading through and trying these tips. Even very advanced users are going to find something here they didn't know."
-- Patrick Burleson, Owner BitBQ, LLC

"I love how accessible this book is. No fluff, no filler, and no extraneous content to weed through. Just lots of interesting things that I could put into practice immediately."
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"If Mac customizations are an orange, this book must have squeezed out every last drop of juice there is. I would be surprised if there were more that could be done that this book does not cover."
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"This book is easy to read and should be a staple for anyone using a Mac. The tips and tricks are invaluable. There are tips for every user type, from the beginner to advanced users. I would recommend this book to everyone, from my mom to my fellow coworkers."
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