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Last Review by frankie_DJ - posted: 07-08-2008 08:07 PM [ Post a Review

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OK lets make this clear first: guys who reviewed this book before me have done so 4 or more years ago. So my review is covering the 2nd edition of the book. In addition, LPI Exams have changed at least once since the last reviewer. Second, I just passed 102 exam which makes me officially LPI Level 1 certified. But I passed 102 exam DESPITE of the book. I don't know HOW it happened, but I somehow managed to squeeze thru with 550 points (500 being the 'pass line'). I STRONGLY DISCOURAGE YOU FROM TRUSTING THIS BOOK REGARDING THE TOPICS COVERED IN EXAMS 101 AND 102 This book covers less then 50% of the 102 exam material (and you can easily see this for yourself: It seemed fine for 101 exam, the book covers about 70% of the material - not terrible. But 101 exam was fairly easy to me. I hardly studied at all and got 680, pretty good score. So...yeah, it was stupid of me not to compare topics covered in the exam with the topics covered in the book PRIOR TO buying the book...I guess I trusted that the book titled 'LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell' would prepare me for LPI Certification exam. Wouldn't you? I went to the examination center after a week of hard all-day studying and felt pretty good about it. Imagine my shock when I saw questions about specific iptables or apachectl options, or /etc/nologin file. None of these are even once mentioned in the book. Anyways...I am not bitter, I actually feel pretty lucky to pass. Just wanted to warn people that O'Reilly doesn't always mean excellence.

Rating: 1
Product Details: "LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell" by jeremy - posted: 02-10-2004 - Rating: ******* 7.40

Last Review by frankie_DJ - posted: 07-22-2005 10:24 PM [ Post a Review

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I love this book. It has milion of usefull tricks I never even knew I could do. It is not meant for a complete newbie (although I was pretty close to one when I started using it), nor would I recommend it as a serious study book. It's more like a book that you would take to bed before going to sleep. The guy is really funny so it has a great entertainment value. However, anytime you read it you will learn about a new way to customize your shell or command line editing feature you never heard about or a new approach to understanding some concept you struggled with. It's kind of modular, just the way Unix is: bunch of little but life saving advices. You could tell that the guy worked with Unix for years. If I would have to describe it in three words, I would say: bag of tricks. The book is slightly outdated as it is written in 1995 and I am not aware if there is a newer edition. But this is not much of an issue, cause the Unix has been around forever.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "The Underground Guide to Unix (Slightly Askew Advice from a Unix Guru)" by frankie_DJ - posted: 07-22-2005 - Rating: ******** 8.00


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