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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Multi-Distribution View of The Real Linux User & Administrator, October 7, 2010
This review is from: Beginning the Linux Command Line (Expert's Voice in Open Source) (Paperback)
In the days that I and others were first exposed to the canonical Unix Operating System (in my case DIGITAL's Ultrix) users needed to learn the Bourne Command Shell and the Variety of Text and File Manipulation tools as well as at least a basic grasp of the C-Programming language. Today, Graphical Tools available in all Linux Distributions make many of the User and Systems Administration tasks that must be accomplished by the home and business user a simple matter of pull-down menu's and graphical selections. This book, in a simple and logical manner, delivered by Sander van Vugt a Linux Expert and excellent technical writer, gives the underlying command line tools and systems understanding that would enable a new (or experienced user) to handle all important phases of file and process administration as well command-line scripting, basic systems administration, and networking. Importantly, by using command-line tools and simple shell scripts the user not only understands what s/he is doing in using and manipulating the Linux System, but they can immediately function in a differing Linux distribution or graphical environment.

I highly recommend this compact, yet comprehensive introduction to Linux from the Command Line (or Bash Shell Scripts) that will enable the user or small system administrator to understand what they are doing and function in a variety of Linux distributions and window-based environments.

--Ira Laefsky
MSE/MBA IT Consultant and HCI Researcher
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and DIGITAL Equipment Corporation
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2013 4:32:42 PM PDT
Dale says:
I am probably not a total newbie to linux. I will like to hone my skills with the linux command line. I am wondering how you would compare this book with William Shotts; Linux command line (a complete introduction) and (now dated but still) Kernighan & Pike's The unix programming environment.

Thanks for your time!
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