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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Linux 101 (and 102), March 29, 2013
This review is from: LPIC-1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide: Exams 101 and 102 (Paperback)
I like this book. It's a well organized exploration of Linux's fundamental concepts and commands.

For readers interested in the LPI certification process, the structured presentation of Linux seems like a great study guide. The "Exam Essentials" and "Review Questions" will test your knowledge at the end of each chapter. Beyond that primary audience, however, this book could appeal to a wider audience of interested Linux users. The book is a great introduction to Linux 101 (and 102!) The book will save vast amounts of time compared to a trial and error hunt for comparable explanatory documents on the web.

The book starts by covering the most basic command line and shell topics, yet carries you deeply but clearly into more complex areas. Packaging, hardware configuration, file permissions, boot loading principles, networking and security are all essential to working with Linux and well covered. (Networking and security chapters would be good reading for anyone navigating the internet.) All these topics are tough and time consuming to fully understand without an expert guide like this author.

Anyone who wants to be competent in using or managing a Linux system needs to master a "starter" book like this. Linux is an inexpensive but expansive platform for exploring computing. This third edition book is a terrific guide.

Well written, reader friendly, technically rich Linux books like this are hard to find. Here, you start at the beginning and get well along the Linux learning curve. This author is good at explaining and is an accomplished Linux expert. Text and graphics are clear and easy to read. I like the book as a study guide and will continue to use it as a reference.
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