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This is by far the best Linux Book I've ever come across. It points out everything that is needed to have a true, minimal Linux System.
No proprietary software or ways of doing things- this book uses 100% standard Linux/UNIX software and only works with the essentials of the core system.
Covers (by Chapter):
Basic Commands - This is what set me off into the Linux World. Nicely detailed (with the exception of the "tr" command)
Devices, Disks, Filesystems, and the Kernel- Very informational. I frequently refer to this when working with devices
How Linux Boots - Nicely points out what programs take over and how services load up during runlevel changes
Essential System Files, Servers, and Utilities - Just as the name says, this chapter covers the "Must-Haves" not covered in earlier chapters along with some "Should-Haves" just has crond
Configuring your Network
Introduction to Shell Scripts
Development Tools - Basic usage of gcc, make, autoconf, and imake
Compiling Software from Source Code
Maintaining the Kernel
Configuring and Manipulating Devices
Sharing Files with Samba
Network File Transfer
Buying Hardware for Linux
This book is GREAT!
******PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING**********
This book uses a "This is what you need to know, this is what it does, this is why you need it" approach. While it gives you enough info to get started, many times it uses the "This is what you need to know, go fetch" method of sending you out to do your own research. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This book can only cram so much in 350+ Pages. I suggest reading this book in conjunction with the man/info pages and www.Wikipedia.com . I happen to like this approach, you might not. Regardless, whatever information this book DOES contain is priceless
BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Product Details: "How Linux Works" by TGWDNGHN - posted: 07-14-2005 - Rating: 9.50
Last Review by TGWDNGHN - posted: 07-02-2005 11:58 PM
This book was worth every penny I had invested.
Much of the bulk of this book is dedicated to a command refference. These resemble the man pages, but outline only the most useful, common, and popular options. Despite what others call "redundency" (in terms that you can find all this and more in the man/info pages), I find this useful because it helps you when you are "new" to a command. For example: When I first used GCC, I was guided by other books and guides; however, there came a point I needed more control- gcc contains THOUSANDS of command line options and I had no idea how to discern useful from the rest. The command-reference quickly outlineded what I needed, and what I needed to know
Other glorious aspects of this book is a very nice and detailed reference to bash, csh/tcsh, vi(m) (That is, basic vi commands AND vim features), emacs, and more
Concerning bash and tcsh, this book outlines the important files, options, builtins, ect.
When it comes to vi and emacs, this book is loaded with key-strokes and commands to use these commands
The beginning of this book even has a brief overview of internet concepts, a "Beginners Guide" and an "Administrator's Guide". What this "guides" do is outline commands, categorized by functionality, that you should more-or-less know to make full use of the system.
Depite a section lacking X, and weak sections of GNOME, KDE, and fvwm2, This book is a GO GO GO
From Newbie to Pro- this is an essential to your Linux Library
Product Details: "LINUX in A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference" by jeremy - posted: 02-06-2004 - Rating: 9.00