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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
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Linux Quick Fix Notebook by Peter Harrison, is part of the "Bruce Perens Open Source Series". This is a very thorough reference book, and I'd recommend it highly. One reason this book stood out in my eyes was due to the fact that the examples provided are outstanding -- in other words, instead of just giving the command to run, the book includes the typical, complete output that the user could be expected to see. Additionally, the language used throughout the book is clear, concise, and to the point. Additionally, the author took care to include highly relevant tips and notes related to the topic at hand.
The target audience for this book (I think) would be people who have a reasonable degree of familiarity with Linux, and who are looking to improve their own systems and/or broaden their knowledge of Linux administration. Newbies could also benefit greatly from reading this book, however, for really new newbies, who are mainly interesting in a general guidebook on Linux, my recommendation would be to come back to this book after a basic level of understanding/competency was gained.
Make no mistake - this is an excellent book, however, the prime beneficiaries of it would be intermediate-level Linux users who are already comfortable with the CLI, package maintenance, and basic system administration. As the popular saying goes, I give it 2 thumbs up. -- J.W.
Overall RH is a good product but I outgrew it pretty quickly. It definitely is a good "get your feet wet" type of distro for adventurous Windows users to give Linux a try, and for that alone it deserves high marks.
Note however that RH v9 has hit its end-of-life date, and will no longer be officially supported by RH. This of course will not have any functional impact on your installation, but you do need to be aware that RH will no longer send you an Email alerting you to security alerts, patches, etc.
In closing, if you're insterested in checking out Linux, I'd strongly consider RH as an initial distro. It was my first install, and I learned a lot from using it. With that knowledge though, I was prompted to check out other distros for comparison. -- J.W.
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Book can be d/l'd or ordered from Amazon. I cannot say enough good things about this book - I've learned more about Linux from it than anything else. Paul Sheer provides numerous examples of the subject matter he discusses, and this book will give you a comprehesive overview of Linux, covering everything from partitioning, user permissions, the Unix/Linux file directory structure, C programming, libraries, installing packages, protocols, DNS, lilo, Apache, cron jobs, X, security, and certification. That's pretty much lifted from the table of contents, but again, this is a great book. -- J.W.
Product Details: "Linux: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition" by J.W. - posted: 02-13-2004 - Rating: 9.25