- Paperback: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (July 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131478230
- ISBN-13: 978-0131478237
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the First Edition of A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
“First Sobell taught people how to use Linux…now he teaches you the power of Linux. A must-have book for anyone who wants to take Linux to the next level.”
—Jon “maddog” Hall, Executive Director, Linux International
“This book is a very useful tool for anyone who wants to ‘look under the hood’ so to speak, and really start putting the power of Linux to work. What I find particularly frustrating about man pages is that they never include examples. Sobell, on the other hand, outlines very clearly what the command does and then gives several common, easy-tounderstand examples that make it a breeze to start shell programming on one’s own. As with Sobell’s other works, this is simple, straight-forward, and easy to read. It’s a great book and will stay on the shelf at easy arm’s reach for a long time.”
—Ray Bartlett, Travel Writer
“Overall I found this book to be quite excellent, and it has earned a spot on the very front of my bookshelf. It covers the real ‘guts’ of Linux—the command line and its utilities—and does so very well. Its strongest points are the outstanding use of examples, and the Command Reference section. Highly recommended for Linux users of all skill levels. Well done to Mark Sobell and Prentice Hall for this outstanding book!”
—Dan Clough, Electronics Engineer and Slackware Linux user
“Totally unlike most Linux books, this book avoids discussing everything via GUI and jumps right into making the power of the command line your friend.”
—Bjorn Tipling, Software Engineer, ask.com
“This book is the best distro-agnostic, foundational Linux reference I’ve ever seen, out of dozens of Linux-related books I’ve read. Finding this book was a real stroke of luck. If you want to really understand how to get things done at the command line, where the power and flexibility of free UNIX-like OSes really live, this book is among the best tools you’ll find toward that end.”
—Chad Perrin, Writer, TechRepublic
Praise for Other Books by Mark G. Sobell
“I keep searching for books that collect everything you want to know about a subject in one place, and keep getting disappointed. Usually the books leave out some important topic, while others go too deep in some areas and must skim lightly over the others. A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® is one of those rare books that actually pulls it off. Mark G. Sobell has created a single reference for Red Hat Linux that can’t be beat! This marvelous text (with a 4-CD set of Linux Fedora Core 2 included) is well worth the price. This is as close to an ‘everything you ever needed to know’ book that I’ve seen. It’s just that good and rates 5 out of 5.”
—Ray Lodato, Slashdot contributor
“Mark Sobell has written a book as approachable as it is authoritative.”
—Jeffrey Bianchine, Advocate, Author, Journalist
“Excellent reference book, well suited for the sysadmin of a Linux cluster, or the owner of a PC contemplating installing a recent stable Linux. Don’t be put off by the daunting heft of the book. Sobell has strived to be as inclusive as possible, in trying to anticipate your system administration needs.”
—Wes Boudville, Inventor
“A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® is a brilliant book. Thank you Mark Sobell.”
—C. Pozrikidis, University of California at San Diego
“This book presents the best overview of the Linux operating system that I have found. . . . [It] should be very helpful and understandable no matter what the reader’s background: traditional UNIX user, new Linux devotee, or even Windows user. Each topic is presented in a clear, complete fashion, and very few assumptions are made about what the reader knows. . . . The book is extremely useful as a reference, as it contains a 70-page glossary of terms and is very well indexed. It is organized in such a way that the reader can focus on simple tasks without having to wade through more advanced topics until they are ready.”
—Cam Marshall, Marshall Information Service LLC, Member of Front Range UNIX Users Group [FRUUG], Boulder, Colorado
“Conclusively, this is THE book to get if you are a new Linux user and you just got into the RH/Fedora world. There’s no other book that discusses so many different topics and in such depth.”
—Eugenia Loli-Queru, Editor in Chief, OSNews.com
About the Author
Mark G. Sobell is president of Sobell Associates Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in UNIX/Linux training, support, and custom software development. He is the author of many best-selling UNIX and Linux books and has more than twenty-five years of experience working with UNIX and Linux.
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NOTE: I have both the hardcopy and ecopy. The hardcopy is great, but DO NOT purchase the Kindle version. Certain text in the Kindle version is too small and illegible. Unless there's something i don't know about the Kindle app, I wasn't able to zoom/expand the text to view these certain text, for better viewing. If you need/want an ecopy of this book, there are sources online where you can purchase a .pdf or .epub version; I have - and the text is legible and clear in those versions.
This is a great practicel, no-nonsense introduction to Linux for those who are at the command line and want to know what to do next. How do you navigate the file system? What do those weird files like 'bin' and 'dev' and 'boot' mean? How can you change your command line to look cool? How do you write scripts to carry out commands in the command line? What is a pipeline? How the heck does this vi editor work? What is it to 'grep' a file? And on and on. All with practical examples to help you get started fast.
The only reason I give it four, rather than five, stars is because the coverage is a bit shotgun, rather than systematic. On page 45 he will mention something that you won't learn about until page 223. I would rather have a more linear, methodical introduction. However, I think that might well be impossible in a book of this scope. You have to have some nonlinearities in the structure, I just think this has a few too many.
This book is unlikely to find a wide audience, but for those who have need for a very good reference to this subject, this work merits your serious consideration. I consider this book to be a worthwhile addition to my Mac OS X library, and I am glad I have it. Very well written and organized, more suitable as a permanent bookshelf reference than as a "read it from cover to cover" volume ...
I got this book for a class, but it's overall, though, pretty good, and I wouldn't not recommend it. Just wish they paced it better.
However, extra points because the Kindle version has full audio reader.
Well, the good news began when A Practical Guide to Linux got me started with some excellent chapters and summary lists of many useful albeit less obvious Linux commands.
But the book didn't stop there. It also has some VERY good chapters about both the VIM and EMACS text editors. I especially found the VIM chapters (more than one!) very good at getting me up to speed on both basic and advanced VIM commands and techniques.
But wait, don't answer yet. After nearly a year of using Linux, I find The Practical Guide to Linux back beside my keyboard. This time it's helping me begin doing some shell programming and C programming.
In short, A Practical Guide to Linux is both well written and well edited. It's a book the author and publishers can be justifiably proud of having produced.
If you're technically competent enough to get Linux up and working, but still need a "friend" to help you make Linux do some useful work, I believe The Practical Guide to Linux will be a very useful addition to your technical library and a very good complement to your Linux adventure...
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