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Ubuntu Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for Ubuntu and Debian Power Users 1st Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470082935
ISBN-10: 0470082933
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From the Back Cover

Explore a ton of powerful Ubuntu Linux commands

This handy, compact guide teaches you to use Ubuntu Linux as the experts do: from the command line. Try out over 1000 commands to find and get software, monitor system health and security, and access network resources. Apply skills you learn from this book to use and administer desktops and servers running Ubuntu, Debian, and KNOPPIX or any other Linux distribution.

Expand your Linux expertise in these and other areas:

  • Using the shell

  • Finding online software

  • Working with files

  • Playing with music and images

  • Administering file systems

  • Backing up data

  • Checking and managing running processes

  • Accessing network resources

  • Handling remote system administration

  • Locking down security

About the Author

Christopher Negus is the author of the bestselling Fedora and Red Hat Linux Bibles, Linux Toys II, Linux Troubleshooting Bible, and Linux Bible 2008 Edition. He is a member of the Madison Linux Users Group. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Chris served for eight years on development teams for the Unix operating system at AT&T, where Unix was created and developed. He also worked with Novell on Unix development and Caldera.

Francois Caen hosts and manages business application infrastructures, through his company Turbosphere LLC. As an open-source advocate, he has lectured on OSS network management and Internet services, and served as president of the Tacoma Linux User Group. FranÇois is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470082933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470082935
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas W. Weeks on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hey folks... I've been an RHCE since 2000, training RHCEs since 2003, and "doing Linux" since 1996.

What I like:
The three big things that I like about Linux Toolbox are:
1) It concisely shows you how to use the Linux command line to solve many of the most common personal and administrative tasks.
2) It uses the proven "learn by doing" method to show the reader how to just "get stuff done" from the Linux command line.
3) What really sets this book apart from other "next level" type books is its well thought layout and how they organized the content in a quickly accessible way. Negus & Caen split the content out by Shell stuff, Working w/Files, Text Manipulation, Multimedia, Administration, Backups, Networking, etc.. . Well thought out and quickly useful as an on-hand reference.

So who should buy this book?
I see it being a "best fit" for two groups of people:
1) Technical users and admins who want to become more competent on the command line and be able to do ten times more work thought automation (scripting).
2) Windows power users who want to become more savvy on the Linux side (Linux power user wannabes). Especially those who need to get Linux CLI/shell proficient quickly (such as Windows sys-admins who have had Linux forced on them)

Old Timers Too:
The cool thing is that even if you've been using Linux for years (as I have), there are still useful "Oooo.. cool!" moments peppered throughout the book. Do you know how to properly (and quickly) get the most out of classic power tools like find, sed, awk, case, and tr? Are you armed with experience in all the newer über tools such as screen, dmidecode, growisofs?
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"Ubuntu Linux Toolbox" by Christopher Negus and Francois Caen is a uniquely well organized reference book. In general I find the organization of reference books very random from a task point of view which makes this book stand out all the more. The organization is complemented by information that is both complete and understandable. I put a reference book to the test before purchase. I see how well it handles my latest problem. If it's an understandable and usable solution I buy it. Having been an Ubuntu user for a long time I find few new issues. I put "toolbox" to an even harder test. I checked on how well all my past problems were handled. They were all well solved. If I'd come across "Ubuntu Linux Toolbox" early on there would be fewer books on my shelf. My personal test was passed with flying colors.

Linux distributions are all built from the same collection of components. The open source world offers lots of choice and the mix of components in any particular distribution will defer. I can't begin to count the number of text editors or libraries that provide similar functions. Individual distributions pick from these similar components and combine them to create a more cohesive set of tools which they then further refine to operate as a total set of computing tools. As a result the instructions for using these systems varies. A GUI like Gnome masks some of these differences but at the command level the differences become apparent again. Most references that illustrate commands try to be distribution agnostic. What's lost are the all important examples that help a user apply these commands to their specific distributions. The "Ubuntu Linux Toolbox" is written for Ubuntu specifically and the authors made sure that the applicable examples are all there.
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I just picked this book up at a local Borders (cheaper here, btw). After looking through their entire section trying to find an up-to-date book on Linux commands for the purposes I wanted, I chose this one.

Although Ubuntu is often called "Linux for Human Beings" or "Linux for non-geeks", I wanted to get geekier with the command line and have better control over my Ubuntu PCs. This book is perfect for someone who isn't afraid to tinker a little to get a lot in return. The section on multimedia is excellent.
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You can easily use Ubuntu (or variants thereof) without resorting to the command line, but your utility will be much enhanced if you are willing to learn. Even a few simple commands will be helpful to you. It seems counterintuitive to step back from the graphical user interface (GUI), but entering commands in the shell allows me to get more value and efficiency from any Linux distro. I found the book well-organized and easy to understand with realistic examples for every command in the book. With this book I have been able to fix my own problems. Though written for Ubuntu you will be able to use most of the knowledge on other Linux systems, at least Debian-based ones. This is probably the only reference book you will need, but one additional helpful book for just a quick reference without the exposition this book offers is the Linux Pocket Guide by O'Reilly Media Linux Pocket Guide.
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The book technically refers to Ubuntu version 7.04 so it is a little out of date with the current release Ubuntu version 9.10. I have been using linux for 2 months, and purchased this book about a month ago, January 3,2010. I got 10 times more understanding out of this $20 book than a unix class I took in college. I wished I had this book in college. It does require a little thinking and study time for me to understand the information in this book. The step by step usage of commands provide insight to how to use commands orderly. The author occasionally points out differences between Ubuntu and other versions of linux in hopes to simplify linux in general. The book is way more friendlier and understandable then the man pages for a beginner. When I started, I only knew how to type commands like ls, pwd, whoami, and ps, but i didn't know how to interpret the information the command yield and what to do with them. After reading the book, my commands include, swapon, chattr, fc, lzop, dd, alias, and a few others, and i kind of understand what I am doing. In conclusion, even though this book is technically out of date, and the location of some files have changed from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 9.10, I find that this book has provided me a starting point in understanding linux, and will help me chose my next book with an understanding of what i will be getting into.
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